Chloe Kim became the World Champion Half Pipe 2019 in Utah, USA.
18-year-old Chloe Kim has established herself as the most dominant halfpipe rider in the world over the past 12 months, having won the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games, the Dew Tour at Breckenridge, and the X Games in Aspen all in the lead-up to the Utah 2019 world championships. On Friday she was able to complete the (unofficial) grand slam of snowboarding, laying down an impeccable first run for a score of 93.50 that would hold up through the rest of the competition to give her world champs gold.
She started off with a massive indy on the backside wall, Chloe Kim went on to stomp a frontside 1080, a cab 900, a backside 360, and finally finished off what would be the best run of the day with a textbook McTwist. However, Chloe Kim could have significantly upped that score if she had put down her final run, in which she attempted the frontside double cork 1080 that only she can do, and which has never been landed in competition.
Second place with a score of 84.00 went to China’s Cai Xuetong, who came into competition as the two-time reigning world champion but still left Utah 2019 elated at winning the silver medal behind her friend and competitor Chloe Kim.
“I think everybody knows Chloe Kim is the boss,” laughed Cai at the press conference, “So I’m just so happy I got second today.”
Saving her best run for last on the day to secure the bronze medal was Kim’s US teammate Maddie Mastro, who put down a score of 82.00 to bump Queralt Castellet of Spain into fourth place.
It is great to see the progression Chloe is still making, but she is the only lady in Half Pipe able to set the bar higher. She won every contest this year she attended and with a huge gap to the rest of the field. Changes are needed to make women Half Pipe snowboarding a competitive sport again, starting with the young kids.