Sports The 15 best photos from Chloe Kim's dominating gold-medal performance in the ladies' half-pipe

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Chloe Kim cemented her status as the next American Olympic star with her dominating performance in the ladies' half-pipe.

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(Kin Cheung/AP)

Chloe Kim cemented her status as the next American Olympic star with her dominating performance in the ladies' halfpipe.

Kim nailed her first of three runs in the final and then coasted to her first gold medal at just 17 years old. Later, with the gold medal already locked up, she threw down back-to-back 1080s, becoming the first woman to do so in the Olympics and scoring a nearly perfect 98.25.

Not only was the performance dominant, but it was also visually stunning. Below, we collected 15 of the best photos from photographers for Getty, Reuters, and the Associated Press.

Kim during training in the days leading up to the event.

Kim during training in the days leading up to the event. play

Kim during training in the days leading up to the event.

(Mike Blake/Reuters)


Kim spends a lot of time upside down.

Kim spends a lot of time upside down. play

Kim spends a lot of time upside down.

(Mike Blake/Reuters)


When she is not upside down, she was getting some serious air during one of her qualifying runs.

When she is not upside down, she was getting some serious air during one of her qualifying runs. play

When she is not upside down, she was getting some serious air during one of her qualifying runs.

(Dylan Martinez/Reuters)


Kim scored at least 91.5 in four of her five runs at the Olympics.

Kim scored at least 91.5 in four of her five runs at the Olympics. play

Kim scored at least 91.5 in four of her five runs at the Olympics.

(Dylan Martinez/Reuters)


Nobody else in the competition ever scored a 90 in any of their runs.

Nobody else in the competition ever scored a 90 in any of their runs. play

Nobody else in the competition ever scored a 90 in any of their runs.

(David Ramos/Getty Images)


An awesome view of Kim with the village in the background.

An awesome view of Kim with the village in the background. play

An awesome view of Kim with the village in the background.

(Dylan Martinez/Reuters)


The silhouette on the wall looks almost childlike, fitting for a competitor who dedicated herself to the sport at a young age.

The silhouette on the wall looks almost childlike, fitting for a competitor who dedicated herself to the sport at a young age. play

The silhouette on the wall looks almost childlike, fitting for a competitor who dedicated herself to the sport at a young age.

(Gregory Bull/AP)


She makes it look so easy.

She makes it look so easy. play

She makes it look so easy.

(Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)


And was soaring above the trees.

And was soaring above the trees. play

And was soaring above the trees.

(Kin Cheung/AP)


It is a long way to the bottom of the half-pipe from here.

It is a long way to the bottom of the half-pipe from here. play

It is a long way to the bottom of the half-pipe from here.

(Issei Kato/Reuters)


At the end of Kim's third run, it was time to celebrate.

At the end of Kim's third run, it was time to celebrate. play

At the end of Kim's third run, it was time to celebrate.

(Clive Rose/Getty Images)


She tweeted earlier in the competition that she was getting "hangry." She seemed fine after the final run.

She tweeted earlier in the competition that she was getting "hangry." She seemed fine after the final run. play

She tweeted earlier in the competition that she was getting "hangry." She seemed fine after the final run.

(Jorge Silva/Reuters)


She shed a tear during the victory ceremony.

She shed a tear during the victory ceremony. play

She shed a tear during the victory ceremony.

(Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)


But then her playful side came through.

But then her playful side came through. play

But then her playful side came through.

(Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)


We haven't seen the end of Chloe Kim.

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(Kin Cheung/AP)


Now check out who is supposed to win the gold.

Now check out who is supposed to win the gold. play

Now check out who is supposed to win the gold.

(Morry Gash/AP)

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