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ASPEN, Colo. – With the contest already won, Chloe Kim tried to push snowboarding forward.

The 15-year-old phenom already had gold. It was her second consecutive win in women’s snowboarding superpipe, making her the first athlete under 16 to win back-to-back golds.

But as she took her victory lap, Kim tried to be the first woman to land back-to-back 1080s in her halfpipe run.

She didn’t, but that hardly seemed to matter. Few doubt that the bubbly teen with pink hair and a love of candy will help progress her sport.

So will Arielle Gold, the silver medalist whose run included a trick she learned from her brother and that is seldom used in women’s competitions.

“I feel like every X Games is so different because everyone has so many different things in mind going into it,” said Kim, who has three medals in her three X Games after winning silver in 2014. “It’s always cool to just see all the ladies throw down, put down sick runs.”

Kim’s winning run scored a 95.00 included a 1080, still not commonplace in the sport, along with amplitude despite snowy conditions.

Meanwhile, Gold took silver with a score of 86.00 thanks to a run that included a Michalchuk, a flat-spinning backflip in which the rider turns 540 degrees.

The successes of the two young Americans – Gold is 19 – came on a day where most decorated contest snowboarder ever struggled. Clark couldn’t put down the run she wanted, falling twice attempting a 1080 on her first hit and her second-run score left her in fifth.

For the past few years, Clark has looked to Gold and now Kim to carry forward a sport she’s helped progress. To be sure, the four-time Olympian and 13-time X Games medalist is not done. Even at 32, she’s pushing the sport.

But on Sunday, Kim and Gold showed Clark’s faith in them is not misplaced. Both young riders are up to the task of progressing snowboarding.

“Whenever it’s time for Kel to bow out, I know that she knows it’s in good hands and Chloe and I are going to work hard to continue pushing the sport,” said Gold.

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