Snowboarding phenom Chloe Kim made history on Saturday, becoming the first woman to land back-to-back 1080s.
The 15-year-old, who is coming off a second consecutive X Games gold, scored a perfect 100 to win the halfpipe event at the U.S. Grand Prix in Park City, Utah.
Like last week’s competition, Kim had the contest won when she dropped in for the final run — only this time she hit the back-to-back 1080s on her second and third hits.
She landed one more trick before coasting down the halfpipe, where she was greeted by Kelly Clark. Clark — the 32-year-old snowboarding legend who has more contest wins than any other snowboarder, male or female — celebrated with Kim until her perfect score came in.
In a sport that values progression, Kim moved snowboarding forward in a huge way. Clark became the first woman to land a 1080 in 2011, and many women still make the podium without a single one in their runs.
It’s no surprise coming from Kim, who mathematically qualified for the Sochi Olympics but was unable to compete because she was 13 at the time. Barring injury, she’ll be heavily favored to make — and likely lead — the U.S. team in 2018 when the Olympics are in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
While Kim has grown up in California, both her parents emigrated from South Korea and she still has family there.
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