Aspen, Colorado (PRWEB)
January 13, 2018
Though Kim’s spot on team USA is secure, she still chose to compete, which is curious given the delicate nature of such an important season. While many riders would have spared themselves the travel, chosen to hang out at home and not risk injury, Kim, as she has shown many times before, is of a different class.
As the day kicked off, an international field of women riders lined up atop the 22-foot superpipe on Snowmass Mountain just outside the storied Rocky Mountain town of Aspen, Colorado. Despite a fresh blanket of snow the day before, temperatures were relatively mild as the sun shown down on the immaculate competition grounds. In this, fourth of five Olympic qualifying events, many riders had yet to secure spots on their respective teams and one can imagine, the crisp, thin air was tense. Kim however, was anything but.
Dropping sixth out of eight riders and wearing a distinctly different, yellow bib, which signified her as the leader in the World Cup ranking for the season, Kim scrubbed her first run washing out on her second hit. Throwing her hands up she was still all smiles as she made her way down the pipe and prepared for her next two runs.
Her following run was Kim in about second gear, still making her way down the pipe with a flow the other women simply do not posses. With one run to go, and visibly holding back she still landed tentatively in second place.
On Kim’s third run she upshifted just slightly firing things off with a clean method air on her backside wall — not only did she float it higher but she did it with more style and composure than anyone else. Next, she wound up for frontside 1080 traveling not only overhead, but a good 30-feet down the pipe. On her third hit she opted for a switch frontside seven before lining up a frontside 540 on her frontside wall. She then finished off the run with a classic McTwist, one of the most respected tricks in the history of halfpipe snowboarding.
For her effort she earned an…