American snowboarder Chloe Kim is back in the Olympics as the defending champion in the women’s halfpipe. And during qualifying in Beijing, she proved that she is still the one to beat.
Kim had the best run of the day, scoring 87.75 on her first of two qualifying tries to grab the top spot for Thursday’s final (Wednesday night on the East Coast). She came in four points ahead of Japan’s Mitsuki Ono, and China’s Cai Xuetong, who might be Kim’s toughest competition in her quest to repeat.
The final will consist of three runs, with the first beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday. The second run will commence at 8:58 p.m. ET. The third and final run to decide the medal winners will start at 9:25 p.m. ET.
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Kim, 21, considered retirement following her 2018 breakthrough and spent more than 22 months off her snowboard as she focused on her studies at Princeton. But Wednesday’s run solidified her as the prohibitive gold-medal favorite. She has -380 odds to take home another gold, according to DraftKings Sportsbook. Xuetong is listed at +600 while Spain’s Queralt Castellet, who qualified fourth, has the third-best odds to win gold at +850.