Chloe Kim Becomes Youngest X Games Gold Medalist
Despite suffering a nasty fall in practice, in which she caught the lip on her last hit and tumbled to the flat bottom, chipping her tooth, Chloe Kim earned gold at X Games 15 in Aspen, Colorado. The fourteen year old became the youngest rider of all time to stand atop an X Games podium by stomping her last run that included a switch method, a cab 9, and switch backside 7.
Kim’s noticeably bobbled on her third hit, by slightly touching the pipe’s wall, but this apparently wasn’t an issue for the judges and they awarded her the highest score of the night, a 92.00.
“We really loved this run,” said Snowboard Head Judge, Tom Zikas, when questioned about the scoring decision by commentator Craig McMorris.
CHLOE KIM’s GOLD MEDAL RUN
This score bumped Kelly Clark, who was poised to win her 6th consecutive X Games gold and 74th career win, into second place.
Clark, the most decorated snowboarder of all time, still had one last drop, and stomped everything up until her last and final hit. Clark attempted a sixth hit, but ran out of pipe and landed on the deck. This uncharacteristic fall cost her the win, so she had to settle for silver tonight. Though she wasn’t able to take the win, Clark did make a new record tonight by blasting a 16′ 11″ backside air, the largest air sent and stomped by any women at X Games.
KELLY CLARK’s SILVER MEDAL RUN
Easily the most stylish rider of the night was Ms. Torah Bright, who placed third after stomping her first run. This run included a super smooth McTwist on her first run, but didn’t have the amplitude, or technicality of Kim and Clark’s attempts. Bright bobbled in both of her other two runs, unfortunately unable to lock down a higher score.
TORAH BRIGHT’s BRONZA MEDAL RUN
We set our sights on men’s and women’s slopestyle tomorrow as the final event of Winter X Games. Stay tuned.