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Chloe Kim makes history with first 1260 in women's halfpipe at X Games

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Two-time Olympic gold medalist Chloe Kim made history at the X Games Aspen Friday by becoming the first woman to land a 1260 in a snowboard halfpipe competition.

How she did it: Kim, 23, executed the cab 1260 — three and a half full rotations — in her third and final run, securing victory despite a slight landing flaw. This marked her seventh X Games SuperPipe gold medal, tying her with mentor Kelly Clark’s record.

What she’s saying: Kim first attempted the trick at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, where she also made history as the first woman to win a second straight gold in halfpipe. Her coach said she is also the first woman to land a 1440 while training in Switzerland, according to NBC Sports.

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“I am speechless. I’m so excited to be back,” Kim said, according to Forbes. “I really wanted to do the Cab 12 and wanted to give it a shot after attempting it for the first time in Beijing. It obviously wasn’t as clean as I would have liked it but I’m happy I was able to complete it and show you all what I’ve been working on.”

What’s next: The Korean American snowboarder is headed for the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain, California, this coming weekend. This is her home resort.

 

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