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What Chloe Kim’s dad texted her before the halfpipe final

Pyeongchang Olympics Snowboard Women

Chloe Kim, of the United States, reacts to her score during the women’s halfpipe finals at Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea – Chloe Kim’s dad repeated one word as his daughter stood at the top of the Olympic halfpipe for her victory lap, gold medal already assured.

“Imugi!” Jong-Jin Kim yelled, standing well behind the finish corral. “Imugi!”

Earlier Tuesday morning, Jong texted his 17-year-old daughter, a first generation Korean-American, before the biggest contest of her life.

“Today is the day imugi turns to dragon,” Jong said he messaged her. “She said hahahahaha, thank you very much.”

It’s a story that Kim has heard over and over again, according to an ESPN profile.

Read the rest of the story and watch Kim’s gold medal run