We’ve called her the future. She’s really the now of competitive snowboarding. Chloe Kim, the Golden One. Last time around when they were picking the U.S. Olympic team, she would have qualified based on points but she was in fact too young to compete in the olympics. Don’t you hate when that happens? When you’re on a snowboard, you’re gonna strap in, you’re gonna feel a little weird because you’re standing sideways, you might fall over a few times. You’re dropping in pretty fast. You’re gonna feel the friction, you’re gonna feel the movement, the momentum. When you go up the wall it’s like… pretty
insane. You’re gonna feel the g-forces working against ya. It’s kind of like a roller coaster. There’s a lot of spinning. You look down and you’re just… going in circles. You see a lot of blurs. It doesn’t feel like you’re hanging upside down. It’s the Burton U.S. Open Women’s Halfpipe final, the most prestigious title of the winter season. My main goal for this competition is just to put down a solid run that I’m happy with. Being super chill and laid back, not being too stressed, just finding that happy place and staying there. Having fun is my greatest strategy. I have known Chloe since she was about eleven years old. I saw her riding in a snowboard contest and was like… “That girl’s gonna be the next thing.” People use the term prodigy a lot. She’s unnaturally talented for someone that young. When I’m just having fun I feel like my riding’s so much cleaner and I’m not as stiff. Just relax. My training regimen involves skateboarding, trampolining, working out, trying to eat healthy. Trying, but not really. I was stuck at the gym for a few months for knee rehab. I partially tore my ACL a couple of summers ago and that was really hard. I feel like we’ve all had moments where we think about giving up. I think every bad experience I’ve had has been a learning experience. Chloe is one of the true faces of progression. All the young girls that are inspired by the top level snowboarders see what she’s doing and see that it’s possible. It’s gonna create insane talent in the future. And when you look at her just from a technical standpoint, what she is able to do on that snowboard, how big she’s able to go out of this pipe. Last year I was able to put down a pretty solid run and I took home first. She landed back-to-back 1080s which means she did a 1080 degree rotation and then landed backwards. And then did a switch 1080 rotation, which is insane. The pressure is on Chloe Kim now, finally. She’s gotta deliver. Fairly moderate backside air, not her biggest, but a front side nine there from Chloe Kim. Into a McTwist, so the game plan for Chloe Kim out here today was, “Let’s not come out guns blazing.” When I was dropping in I was like… You still did a better job so more of the same. I’m hype, thank you. Will we see some big spins? There the front side 1080 from Chloe Kim. So…McTwist. That will be the highest scoring run. An 86.8! She’s gonna go for it! Frontside 1080 into a Cab 720. Does she know that she has already won this? Chloe Kim’s victory laps have become legendary. Chloe Kim, you have already grabbed your second win at 16. That’s just nuts. She will continue that progression. The sky’s the limit for Chloe Kim. Pretty stoked on life.