Chloe Kim fulfills her golden destiny — from ‘baby girl’ to full-fledged dragon

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Tuesday afternoon, on the sunniest, warmest, calmest day of the Pyeongchang Olympics, American snowboarder Chloe Kim did what she was supposed to do, what she was expected to do, what she was destined to do. She won. It all happened so effortlessly, so absolutely on-script — and while she was tweeting about ice cream and sandwiches — that it was easy to overlook the fact a 17-year-old kid with the pressure of two nations and all she heaps upon herself was able to shut out the noise, focus inwardly and land the two highest-scoring runs of the women’s Olympic halfpipe final.

“I’m a little overwhelmed. This is the best outcome I could have asked for,” said Kim, who became the youngest woman to win an Olympic snowboarding gold medal and the second 17-year-old on the U.S. snowboard team (Red Gerard took gold in slopestyle) to win gold at these Games. “This has been a long journey,” she said. “Going home with the gold is amazing.” The kismet in Kim’s story is

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