To her, it meant everything.
"But I just knew that I wasn't going to be completely satisfied taking home the gold but knowing I could do better".
American teenager Chloe Kim and Austrian ski ace Marcel Hirscher triumphantly lit up the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics on Tuesday as the Games were hit by their first doping scandal. After a long season, with the pressure weighing down of being a Korean-American favorite at an Olympics in Korea at the tender age of 17, she strapped on her snowboard and rode through the powder. She secured her spot with a strong second run that had flawless pacing and control in the halfpipe at Phoenix Snow Park. It will be interesting to see how the 25-year-old's attitude shifts four years hence, at the Winter Olympics in Beijing.
"I actually only found out my grandma was at the bottom before my second run", she said."So I thought 'this one's for Grams!'"Also celebrating gold was Stina Nilsson, who won the women's cross country sprint classic for Sweden". "You wait for four years to come here and it's definitely a lot of hype around a 1 1/2, 2-hour time period".
She tweeted about finishing her breakfast sandwich in the middle of her second and third run.
She didn't have to do it.
Chloe, a first generation Korean-American, has also kept fans entertained during her run in PyeongChang, continually tweeting about her eating habits. The run earned her a 98.25, more than eight points clear of Chinese silver medalist Liu Jiayu.
"The doctors (say) that the more that it happens, the less impactful it is", Gold said.
After winning gold, she admitted she was unable to fathom "leaving your life behind and chasing this dream with your kid".
Stina Nilsson of Sweden won the women's cross-country sprint. But one prize had always eluded him - an Olympic gold medal.
Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson can't remember ever scoring twice on the same shift. On Saturday, she tweeted about eating churros and how it helped calm her nerves. But with the Olympics not allowing anyone in under 15, she did not make the cut.
The United States didn't have much of a challenge in getting past the Olympic Athletes of Russian Federation on Tuesday, its last game before it takes on rival Canada on Thursday. "I went to school in America". The Americans' clash against Canada will sort out positioning for the semifinals, as both teams are now 2-0 in pool play.
British sliders have won the last two women's skeleton titles, with Yarnold succeeding 2010 victor Amy Williams as champion.
No medals will be on the line Thursday, just positioning for the semifinals.