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Kim leads women’s halfpipe qualifiers; 2 Japanese advance

Reuters PYEONGCHANG (Reuters) —American teenager Chloe Kim lived up to expectations with a dominant performance during qualifying for the ladies snowboard halfpipe on Monday.

Kim, the Korean-American who has become the poster child for Pyeongchang 2018, looked superior to the rest of the field during both runs of qualifying. The 17-year-old scored the two highest runs of the day of 91.50 and 95.50 to finish in first place heading into Tuesday’s final.

There was mixed news for the Japanese team who came into the event with four women highly touted for success.

Haruna Matsumoto and Sena Tomita both qualified, but Hikaru Oe and Kurumi Imai both failed to get into the top 12. Matsumoto had the third-highest score.

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