Kim Gets Women’s Halfpipe Gold
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Snowboarder Chloe Kim has delivered the third gold medal for the United States at the Pyeongchang Olympics.
The 17-year-old Californian dominated the field in winning the halfpipe, posting a score of 93.75 during the first of her three runs in the finals and a 98.25 in the last run. Kim was the only rider to post a score over 90 during the first two rounds.
American Arielle Gold won bronze, edging out three-time Olympic medalist Kelly Clark.
Elsewhere at Pyeongchang:
— Alpine skiing is finally underway amid blue skies and sunshine at the wind-buffeted Olympics. Marcel Hirscher of Austria has won the men's Alpine combined event, the first career Olympic gold medal for one of skiing's greats. Hirscher used his elite skills in the slalom leg to rise from 12th place after the opening run of downhill. The men's downhill and women's giant slalom both have been postponed because of gusty winds.
— The U.S. is still seeking its first speedskating medal after being held off the podium for the third straight event. World champion Heather Bergsma finished eighth in the 1,500 meters. U.S. teammate Brittany Bowe was fifth.
— Ryan Zapolski will be the starting goaltender for the U.S. men's hockey team opener against Slovenia. The 31-year-old Zapolski has been among the best players in the Kontinental Hockey League this season.
— Canada has beaten Finland 4-1 in pursuit of the country's fifth straight gold medal in women's hockey