Chloe Kim gives Order of Ikkos medal to teammate Kelly Clark
Since the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the United States Olympic Committee has provided medalists with a way to thank and recognize the coaches who helped them on their Olympic journeys with Order of Ikkos medals.
Snowboarder Chloe Kim opted to do something a little different with hers on Tuesday night at USA House in Pyeongchang.
Kim awarded her Order of Ikkos medal to teammate Kelly Clark, a five-time Olympian and three-time medalist who took fourth on Tuesday. It was only the second time an athlete opted to award the medal to another athlete.
"I was grateful," Clark said Wednesday. "Everybody promotes what a talented snowboarder Chloe is, but I'm prouder of her for the person she is. She handles pressure and success with grace and class, and that's what I relayed to her last night after she awarded me with that medal.
"I said, 'This speaks volumes about you and about your success and accomplishments.' And I ended up getting a medal anyway!"
Named for Ikkos of Tarentum, the first recorded Olympic coach in Ancient Greece, the medallions, which are designed to reflect the Olympic Games for that year, are made available to all U.S. Olympic and Paralympic medalists to present to a single coach as part of their victory tour.
American snowboarder Arielle Gold, who took the bronze in halfpipe, awarded her Order of Ikkos medal to U.S. halfpipe head coach Ricky Bower.
"It was an easy decision," Gold said. "Bower has seen the worst of me, more than he's seen the best, and he's stuck with me through it all. He's always been there to check my ego, keep me humble and remind me why I'm snowboarding in the first place. It felt amazing to give that medal to him."