PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — American snowboarder Chloe Kim has won the halfpipe gold medal at the Pyeongchang Olympics, while Steamboat Springs native Arielle Gold, 20, took home the bronze on Tuesday, edging out three-time Olympic medalist Kelly Clark.
Kim put on a dominant display in giving the U.S. its third gold medal of the Games.
The 17-year-old Californian put up a score of 93.75 on the first of her three finals runs and then bettered it with a near-perfect 98.75 on her last run with the gold already well in hand.
Gold casually announced afterward that she had separated her shoulder on the second day of training, much the way she did on a practice run in Sochi four years ago that forced her to scratch from the competition.
“The doctors (say) that the more that it happens, the less impactful it is,” Gold said.
Gold majored in psychology while a student at the University of Colorado.
Gold brushed off a fall during her first run and stomped an 85.75 on her third run. Clark, the 2002 Olympic champion still going strong at age 34, couldn’t quite catch Gold with an 83.50.
Jiayu Liu of China took the silver.