Liu Jiayu snatched the silver medal of the women’s snowboard halfpipe, the first medal for China at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games at Phoenix Snow Park. Liu, the 2017 Sapporo Asian Winter Games champion, earned 89.75 points in her second run of three to take the silver.
The 25-year old Liu, who competed in three Olympics, became the first Chinese snowboard Olympic medalist.
Liu’s career, which included a world championship title at 16, has seen ups and downs since she started her professional training in 2003, the year when Chinese took up the sport. Liu won her first national championship in 2005 at 13, and claimed her first World Cup title in 2008 in Canada.