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Chloe Kim wins snowboard halfpipe at Laax Open

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Chloe Kim is in top form heading into the Beijing Olympics, winning the World Cup women’s halfpipe event in Laax, Switzerland, on Saturday.

The reigning halfpipe Olympic champion threw down an impressive first run, landing two 1080s to earn a winning score of 90.25.

Kim beat out Mitsuki Ono of Japan, who took home second place, and Spain’s Queralt Castellet, who finished third.

The 21-year-old snowboarding icon took nearly two years off from the sport following her 2018 Olympic gold-medal run, tending to an ankle injury. Since her return in 2021, Kim has won every competition she has entered, including the 2021 X Games and 2021 World Championships.

With the Winter Olympics’ opening ceremony fast approaching on Feb. 4, Kim is the heavy favorite entering the Beijing Games.