Winter Olympics: Gold medalist Chloe Kim honors mentor Kelly Clark

Rachel Axon

 |  USA TODAY Sports

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — It started in a lift line around nine years ago, with an 8-year-old Chloe Kim tugging on Kelly Clark’s jacket. She wondered if she could ride the lift up with the Olympic gold medalist.

On Tuesday, it was Kim who had a gold medal. And with that honor came the opportunity to thank Clark for all she’s done since that little girl was happy to meet her Olympic hero.

Kim gave Clark the Order of Ikkos medallion, a honor which an Olympic medalist can bestow someone who has influenced them. While it typically goes to a coach,…

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