How Old Do You Have to Be to Compete in the Olympics?

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17-year-old snowboarder Chloe Kim is having a phenomenal run at the 2018 Olympics, taking home the gold in the women's half-pipe competition yesterday. At 17 years old (in Western reckoning), this made Chloe Kim the youngest female snowboarder to win gold the Olympics, setting a new record.

In an appearance on the "Today" show, Kim got to eat some of the foods she's mentioned on Twitter.

By the time Kim came up for her third run, she already knew a gold medal was hers as the rest of the pack had failed to best her first score, but she wasn't going home without landing those back-to-back 1080's and making a run at a flawless, 100-point, score. "That situation, I did put down a really good first run, but I was like, 'I can do better than that. I can one up myself'". Among the family in attendance were Chloe's grandmother and several extended family members who had never seen her snowboard prior to the event.

With Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi" playing in her earphones, Kim set a blistering pace in Tuesday's halfpipe final, storming to gold with a charm and grace that will leave a lasting impression long after the Olympic flame has gone out. The win ticks another box in the career of Kim, who at 17 is already regarded as one of the best snowboarders in USA history. "I went to school in America".

CHLOE KIM, on how her family, in particular her father, sacrificed a great deal to help her succeed in sports. But at just 13 years old, she was too young to make the team.




Three other Americans joined Kim in the final: Gold, Clark and Maddie Mastro.

Her first-run score would have brought her the gold, but Kim wasn't satisfied.

That was a 93.75 that included only one 1080 (three revolutions). She was champion on the scoreboard, just not yet in her own heart.

Here's what she did on that epic run: Method; Front 10; Cab 10; Front 9; McTwist; Crippler 7 - that's according to the list she reeled off at a news conference afterward.

"When you work for something for so long, and it's finally here, and you just go home with best possible outcome, it's incredible", said Kim, who brushed away tears on the podium. "You got me so excited", the Olympian exclaimed. "It just doesn't really work, but I'm glad I tried it". "Those tears were obviously tears of job". Arielle Gold, who took bronze with her third run Tuesday, dislocated her shoulder on the second day of practice here in Korea, and managed her pain with anti-inflammatories and gritted teeth. Even before making history, the Korean-American was on everyone's radar as an athlete to watch in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics-spectators even dubbed her the next Shaun White.

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