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Olympic hero Chloe Kim added yet another major trophy to her career haul on Saturday, winning her second consecutive halfpipe world championship in Aspen, Colorado.
The greater Los Angeles native scored 90.00 and 93.75 during her first two runs, the top marks in the eight-woman field, allowing her a victory lap down the iconic Buttermilk halfpipe as the last rider during the third.
Her US Olympic team-mate Maddie Mastro finished second after posting an 89.00 on a clutch final run, marking the second time the US went one-two in a world championships halfpipe after Ross Powers and Lael Gregory in 1996.
Spain’s Queralt Castellet, who won the 2020 X Games during Kim’s 22-month absence to attend Princeton freshman classes, took bronze with a score of 87.50 on her final run.
Kim’s victory on Saturday followed her first-place finishes in her first two competitions back: at a World Cup event in Switzerland and her fifth X Games Aspen title in January.
Kim, now 20, launched to global stardom in 2018 when she became the youngest ever female athlete to capture Winter Olympics gold on snow with a transcendent performance at the Pyeongchang Gams that included back-to-back 1080s, the daring maneuver she remains the only female rider to have landed in competition.
The American prodigy has not finished lower than second in any competition since February 2017.
Earlier, New Zealand’s Zoi Sadowski-Synnott won the slopestyle world title with a score of 85.95 points ahead of two-time Olympic champion Jamie Anderson of the United States, who finished in second with 81.10.
Tess Coady won the bronze, becoming only the second Australian to reach the slopestyle podium at worlds after Torah Bright.