Chloe Kim Won Her Second Halfpipe Gold at the Olympics

Kim is the first woman to win back-to-back gold medals in the event.

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Chloe Kim just made Olympic history once again. The snowboarder earned her second gold medal in the halfpipe today, making her the first-ever multi-title and repeat winner for the event.

Kim pulled off the win despite getting a rough start this morning. "I'm not gonna lie, I had probably one of the worst practices I've ever had which does not put you in a good place mentally, especially out here," she tells NBC News. "So I was dealing with all sorts of emotions, self-doubt, but when I was getting ready to drop into my first run, I just reminded myself it's a brand new run and I just have to land it now. I'm so happy I was able to do that." (

The California native began her winning run with a method air (a trick involving grabbing the heel edge of the board), followed by a frontside 1080 (three full rotations), a cab 900 (two and a half rotations), a switch backside 540 (one and a half rotations), and closed with a cab 1080 (three full rotations) for a score of 94, reports NBC News.

The snowboarder is feeling accomplished after her performance. "I am in a much better headspace and I think I had a better idea of what to expect," she tells NBC News. "I am so eager to see my loved ones, my family, my dog, my boyfriend, so I think that will keep me happy and I'm just gonna feel all the feelings and just be proud of myself." (

This is Kim's second time making history at the games. She previously became the youngest woman to win gold in the Olympic halfpipe when taking home her first gold medal in the event at 17. After she earned such a major win, she felt pressure to measure up to the performance again, which took a toll on her mental health.

"I felt pressured to be perfect all the time, and it drained me," Kim previously told Shape. "I was genuinely angry for a while because I was so concerned about what everyone else would think about me. It became toxic. That's when I realized, I need to take better care of myself, and if I don't want to do something, I can't force myself to do it. It was very empowering for me, feeling like I finally had more control over my life. Right now I'm in a much better place." (

Kim began therapy during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns, and she noted that it's done wonders for her and makes her even more proud of her fellow elite female athletes.

"I was really proud of Simone Biles, and Naomi Osaka as well, for prioritizing their mental health," she said at the time. "I hope that people realize that as athletes and Olympians, we face a lot of pressure. It's important to slow down, take a step back, and validate your emotions. Respecting yourself is so important." Clearly, Kim's decision to focus on herself didn't come at the expense of her athletic goals.

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