She’s setting the world on fire and
Pyeongchang and she’s just 17 years old. This is the genesis of Chloe Kim. You may
have only just heard of her after an incredible gold medal performance in
Pyeongchang but Chloe Kim has been setting the bar very high for a long
time and she’s about to become a superstar.
Chloe grew up in Southern California and first stepped on a board at the age of
four. By six, she was already competing. She spent two
years training in Valais, Switzerland between eight and ten, before returning
to California where she officially joined U.S Snowboarding in 2013. Chloe was
a rising star from the start. In her debut year she won her first X Games
medal at the age of 13 Chloe quickly became known as the ‘Future
of Women’s Snowboarding.’ In the 2015-2016 season, she snagged her second and third
consecutive X Games gold medals, on top of two gold medals in the Youth Olympic
Games in Lillehammer. She became the only athlete in history to win three X Games
gold medals before the age of 16, but what really boosted her into stardom was
a historic run in the U.S. Grand Prix where she became the first female to
land back-to-back 1080s and to score perfect 100. Due to age restrictions, she
wasn’t allowed to compete in the 2014 Sochi Olympics but having to wait into
the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang actually had some personal benefits for Chloe.
Chloe is a first generation Korean-American and performing in
Pyeongchang has allowed her to compete in front of family that live in her
parents home country. Looking back on being forced to sit out a Sochi, Kim told
the press ‘Now that I think about it I’m really glad I wasn’t able to go. I don’t
think I would have been able to take it, to handle the pressure.
Emotionally, I don’t think I was ready.’ Chloe’s hard work finally paid off in
Pyeongchang with a winning run of 93.75 and before taking the gold medal
she went for a victory lap that a score of 98.25, where she
again ripped off back-to-back 1080s. And off the snow, Chloe is quickly gaining a
reputation as one of the most relatable seventeen-year-old athletes ever. Make no mistake about it, Chloe
Kim is going to be a star.