She was at the top of snowboard's halfpipe, the final competitor in the final run of the three-run finals, and the gold was hers - no one having surpassed her score from the first run.
US snowboard sensation Chloe Kim made a successful Winter Games debut in her parents' land as she reached the finals in the women's halfpipe as the top qualifier. "This has been a long journey", she said. "I thought I had a chance to bring her to the Olympics, so it was unbelievable and very lucky that they matched together". Kim sat down on her second run for 41.50, her only subpar run in two days. The run was not flawless but it came close.
For competitive purposes, the final run Kim took down the halfpipe meant nothing.
Liu claimed silver with a score of 89.75 points and American Arielle Gold the bronze four points further back. No one on Team USA is getting more attention. She didn't have an Olympic gold medal and she had a respectable number of followers on Twitter, but nothing especially jaw- dropping.
The weather has been so bad some events have even been postponed as wind and ice pellets made for risky conditions for ski jumpers and snowboarders.
Clark's Olympic resume now includes one gold medal, two bronzes and two fourth-place finishes. She first pulled that off at a contest in 2016. She was glum after the second and jubilant following the third run in which the crowd gasped at every trick. Among the family in attendance were Chloe's grandmother and several extended family members who had never seen her snowboard prior to the event.
"Brands will want to capitalise on her gold". "But I also knew I wouldn't be satisfied taking the gold and knowing that I hadn't put down my best".
The young snowboarder crushed the competition while listening to "MotorSport". "In my feelings, I was knocked over - I didn't fall on my own", Christie told the BBC. "I'm stoked I got that". Kim executed her signature back-to-back 1080s (three hard in-air rotations) to earn a score of 98.25.
"That third run was just for me, showing myself that I could do it". It's such an fantastic experience.
"I don't really remember".
Her father quit his job to travel with her around the world. I don't think I would've been able to take it, to handle the pressure.
They were chasing her dream, and they realized it. When her score flashed, she clasped her hands atop her head and drank in the moment. But on Tuesday, Korean-Americans in Atlanta talked about the pride they take in not just the gold medalist, but the parents who raised her.
Her parents are from South Korea. I feel like I grew up with both cultures, so that's a really cool experience. "Not many people have this kind of opportunity".
"When we started, Korea was not declared as hosting the Olympics", Jong Jin Kim said.
- Chloe Kim (@chloekimsnow) February 12, 2018I'm so nervous!
"So being able to do it here, in their home country, is incredible", she said.
She did it in Olympic record fashion. In the middle of the halfpipe qualifying event on Sunday, she tweeted that she "could be down for some ice cream rn".
"I've come all the way here, so I just had to do what I had to do".
"Now I'm happy, all the stress is gone".
But after that Olympic necessity, Kim posted on Instagram how she felt.
On commenter wrote: "You wanna make me cry?"