South Korean media treating American gold medalist as one of their own

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    U.S.-born Chloe Kim blew away the competition in becoming the youngest ever to win a gold medal in halfpipe snowboarding.

    The 17-year-old, who scored an astonishing 98.75 on her final run, is attracting fans from around the world — including from South Korea, where her father lived before emigrating to the U.S. in 1982.

    “It means a lot just being able to do it where my family is from,” Kim said during a press conference after her record-setting performance. “A lot of pressure, but I’m happy I was able to do it here and do it for the fans and the family. It was a really fun moment for everyone.”

    Local media in South Korea have published several stories about the proud Korean-American, giving her as bright a spotlight as many of the host country’s own atheletes.

    Chosun Ilbo, a newspaper with a circulation of about 1.8 million, published a closeup of Kim sticking her tongue out, with the caption: “Chloe Kim, who once scored 100 out of 100, shows off technique at a whole different level.”

    Seoul Broadcasting System aired a two-minute documentary on Kim after she won gold, featuring the first time, in 2016, when she landed back-to-back 1080 spins. The broadcast piece announced her as “Sun Kim,” her name in Korean.

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    Kim’s fans also took to social media to show their admiration for her incredible performance. Actor Park Seo Joon uploaded a screencap of Kim and wrote, “This is unbelievable …”

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