At just 23, Chloe Kim has established herself as arguably the most accomplished female snowboarder in the history of the sport, particularly in the halfpipe discipline.
The athlete, a two-time Olympic champion, recently clinched her seventh X Games title in the Women’s Superpipe, equaling the record previously held by Kelly Clark.
Kim’s triumph at the X Games was more than just a win; it was a momentous occasion in snowboarding history. She achieved a groundbreaking feat by being the first woman to successfully execute a 1260 in a formal competition, as reported by the X Games. This complex maneuver involves three and a half aerial rotations. Despite not landing the cab 1260 flawlessly on her third attempt—using her hands to stabilize her landing—it was nonetheless a significant milestone.
This remarkable 1260 was performed during Kim’s victory round, after she had already secured her win with an impressive first-run score of 96.33.
Kim had previously attempted this challenging 1260 move at the 2022 Beijing Olympics but did not succeed in that attempt.
Speaking on the X Games live stream, Kim expressed her long-standing aspiration to complete this trick. She acknowledged her attempt in Beijing and her determination to try again. While she hoped for a cleaner execution, Kim expressed great satisfaction in finally nailing the trick.
Following this latest X Games victory, Kim’s impressive collection of accolades now includes two Olympic golds, two world championship titles, seven X Games golds, and 10 World Cup victories from 15 starts. This X Games was her first competitive event since her appearance in Beijing, and she returned to the scene demonstrating her increased skill and resilience.