The boarders all have two more runs, with only the best one counting. And some of them may have been holding back to try more challenging moves on their later runs.
But Kim put one hand on the gold medal everyone expected for her.
What to Watch for in the Halfpipe
• Kim can land one of the most challenging tricks in the women’s halfpipe repertoire, the 1080: three complete rotations. And then she can land another, immediately afterward.
• Kim threw down the gauntlet in qualifying, picking up the highest and second highest score of the competition on her two runs. Between them she tweeted that she was craving ice cream.
• Three other Americans are also among the 12 finalists.
• The snowboarders will take three runs, and only the best run will count.