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Chloe Kim becomes first woman to land 1260 in halfpipe

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ASPEN, COLORADO - JANUARY 26: Chloe Kim of the USA poses with the gold medal after winning the Monster Energy Women's Snowboard SuperPipe Final on day 1 of the X Games Aspen 2024 on January 26, 2024 in Aspen, Colorado. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Chloe Kim is back as if she never left.

At the X Games Aspen over the weekend, the Olympic gold medalist became the first woman to land a 1260 in a women’s snowboard halfpipe competition. She did it during her final run, having already clinched her seventh X Games Aspen title, tying Kelly Clark for the most such titles.

“I really wanted to do that trick for a long time,” she said on the NBC Sports broadcast. “I wish it was a little cleaner, but I’m really stoked that I was able to put it down.”

This month marked Kim’s return to competition for the first time since repeating as Olympic gold medalist at the Beijing Olympics in February 2022.

Previously, Kim had tried landing the 1260 at the 2022 Olympics, but was unsuccessful.

And it might not be the last trick Kim becomes the first to do in competition. According to her coach, Kim became the first woman to land a 1440 in training.

This all comes as Kim sets her sights on the 2026 Olympics, where she could become the first woman to win three Olympic snowboarding gold medals. She would join Shaun White, who is the only man to win three such gold medals.