After completing her third and final run, which was essentially just a victory lap, Chloe Kim earned a score of 98.25 and officially became an Olympic gold medalist Monday.
Though it became clear after her first two runs that Kim would remain in the lead, the snowboarder opted to attempt her most technical and difficult run the third time around, landing her signature two 1080s in a row and following it up with a frontside 900.
“I just knew I wasn’t going to be happy, even if I went home with the gold, if I knew I could do better,” Kim told NBC Sports, referring to her decision to try the back-to-back 1080s even with the lead.
At just 17 years old, Kim is the youngest woman to ever win Olympic gold in snowboarding.
Kim has been one of the world’s top snowboarders for almost four years and this Olympic run was able to surpass the expectations placed on her – both by herself and the snowboarding world – despite how astronomically high they were.
When all of the ceremonies were done and she had received her medal, Kim sought out the many members of her family who were in attendance and embraced them.
“I told them I loved them,” Kim said. “I told them, ‘Thank you.'”