The following is an excerpt from HAKYUNG KATE LEE | February 13, 2018 | abcnews.go.com |
U.S.-born Chloe Kim blew away the competition in becoming the youngest ever to win a gold medal in halfpipe snowboarding.
The 17-year-old, who scored an astonishing 98.75 on her final run, is attracting fans from around the world -- including from South Korea, where her father lived before emigrating to the U.S. in 1982.
"It means a lot just being able to do it where my family is from," Kim said during a press conference after her record-setting performance. "A lot of pressure, but I'm happy I was able to do it here and do it for the fans and the family. It was a really fun moment for everyone."
Local media in South Korea have published several stories about the proud Korean-American, giving her as bright a spotlight as many of the host country's own atheletes.
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