Chloe Kim already was one of the most talked-about athletes of the PyeongChang Olympics. But then she won a gold medal in snowboard halfpipe, and Twitter went insane.
Before the Olympics, Kim’s Twitter account hovered around 10,000 followers. Until her event started Tuesday morning in South Korea — and in the coveted prime-time slot on NBC on Monday night — she still had fewer than 15,000 followers.
But even as she progressed through the competition, she kept tweeting. This one came after she qualified for the finals Monday:
NBC’s prime-time coverage of Tuesday’s finale started at 8 Eastern time Monday night. For more than an hour, the women’s halfpipe had America to itself and Kim stole the show. After an absolutely dominant first run, she tweeted:
A short while later, Kim extended her lead on what was essentially just a victory lap and officially took the gold.
By the time prime time wrapped up at 11 p.m., Twitter reported that Kim had been mentioned than 150,000 times. She had also gained more than 100,000 followers.
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