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Teenage US snowboard sensation Chloe Kim wins Olympic gold

AFP  |  Pyeongchang 

The 17-year-old American snowboarder won her first Games gold as the teenage sensation romped to victory in the halfpipe at the Pyeongchang on Tuesday.

The teenager has been touted as a star of the Games in because of her prodigious talent, ever-ready smile and Korean heritage.

Kim -- the heavy pre-tournament favourite -- claimed a comfortable victory with a winning score of 98.25, well ahead of China's Liu Jiayu, who took silver, with of the earning bronze.

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Kim's victory made it a hat-trick for Team USA after won a chaotic women's slopestyle final and another talented teenager, the 17-year-old Red Gerard, topped the podium in men's slopestyle.

Kim has become a darling of the home fans in Pyeongchang, who have adopted her as one of their own because her parents are Korean.

The four-time X Games champion would have challenged for gold in Sochi four years ago -- if she hadn't been too young to compete.

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First Published: Tue, February 13 2018. 10:10 IST