Chloe Kim

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Chloe Kim
Chloe Kim (February, 2017).png
Chloe Kim in February 2017
Personal information
Born (2000-04-23) April 23, 2000 (age 18)
Long Beach, California, U.S.
Height 5 ft 2 in (157 cm)
Club Mammoth Mountain Snowboard Team
Chloe Kim
Hangul 클로이
Revised Romanization Kulloi Kim
McCune–Reischauer K'ŭlloi Kim
Birth name
Hangul [1]
Revised Romanization Gim Seon
McCune–Reischauer Kim Sŏn

Chloe Kim (born April 23, 2000) is an American snowboarder. At the 2018 Winter Olympics, she became the youngest woman to win an Olympic snowboarding medal when she won gold in the women’s snowboard halfpipe at the age of 17 years.[2] She is a four-time X Games gold medalist and the first woman to win two gold medals in snowboarding at the Winter Youth Olympic Games.[3][4]

Early life[edit]

Kim was born in Long Beach, California and raised in nearby Torrance.[5] Her parents are originally from South Korea. Kim's father quit his job to drive her to the mountains and also to be able to travel with her when she competes. He started her on a snowboard at 4 years old at the southern California resort of Mountain High and she started competing at 6 as a member of Team Mountain High.[6] She then trained in Valais, Switzerland, from 8 to 10 years old before returning to California and training at Mammoth Mountain. Kim joined up with U.S. Snowboarding in 2013.[7]


X Games[edit]

While being too young to compete in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, Kim earned silver in superpipe in the 2014 Winter X Games, coming behind Kelly Clark. In 2015, Chloe won Gold in the super pipe event in the Winter X Games beating Kelly Clark.[8] With this win, at age 14, Kim became the youngest gold medalist until she lost this record to Kelly Sildaru, who won gold in 2016 at the age of 13.[9][10] In the 2016 X Games, she became the first person under the age of 16 to win two gold medals (and thus the first such person to win back-to-back gold medals) at an X Games.[11][12] At that year's U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix, she became the first woman to land back-to-back 1080 spins in a snowboarding competition.[12][5] She scored a perfect 100 points, and is believed to be the second rider ever to do so, after Shaun White.[13]

2016 Winter Youth Olympics[edit]

In 2016, she became the first American woman to win a gold medal in snowboarding at the Winter Youth Olympic Games, and earned the highest snowboarding score in Youth Olympic Games history at the time.[4] She was selected as Team USA’s flag bearer for the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games, thus becoming the first snowboarder chosen to serve as flag bearer for Team USA at either the Olympic Winter Games or Youth Olympic Games.[14] Kim was nominated for the 2016 ESPYS award for Best Breakthrough Athlete.[15]

2018 Winter Olympics[edit]

Her first time competing in the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, Kim took Gold in the Women's Halfpipe finals with Ricky Bower as her coach.[16] Her first was 93.75 points. 8.5 points ahead of second place. Her last score in the Halfpipe was close to a perfect score at, 98.25 points. She was nearly 10 points ahead of the woman who placed 2nd, Liu Jiayu.[17] She was also the youngest woman to ever land two 1080-degree spins in a row at the Olympics.[18] At age 17 she became the youngest woman to ever win gold at the Olympics in the Halfpipe beating the past record holder, Kelly Clark, who was 18. [19]

Personal life[edit]

Kim is a Korean American, being a second-generation American; her parents are immigrants from South Korea. Kim still has extended family living in South Korea, where she competed in the 2018 Winter Olympics. Her relatives, including her grandmother, got to watch her compete for the first time at the Olympics.[20] She is trilingual, being fluent in Korean, French, and English.[21] Kim was on the cover of Sports Illustrated following her Olympic gold medal.[22][23] She was also asked to be on the cover of a Kellogg's Corn Flakes box and Barbie is making a doll of her for their new line of inspiring women which also features Amelia Earhart.[24] Following her win she became more popular on her social media accounts and as a person.[25] In addition, Kim was accepted to Princeton University's Class of 2022. She won 3 ESPYs in 2018 for Best Female Athlete, Best Female Olympian, and Best Female Action Sports Athlete.[26]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Graham, Bryan Armen (13 February 2018). "Chloe Kim isn't just a gold medalist: she's a transcendent star". Guardian. Retrieved 19 March 2018. 
  2. ^ "ESPN Twitter". February 12, 2018. Retrieved 2018-02-13. 
  3. ^ "Chloe Kim X Games Bio". ESPN. Retrieved February 12, 2018. 
  4. ^ a b "Led By Teen Sensation Chloe Kim, Team USA Wins Three Snowboarding Medals at Youth Olympics". Team USA. 
  5. ^ a b Yap, Audrey Cleo (May 23, 2016). "16-Year-Old Snowboarding Champion Chloe Kim Is Just a Regular Teenager". NBC News. Retrieved 13 February 2018. 
  6. ^ "Best Dad Ever? How Chloe Kim's Father Quit His Job to Help Make Her Olympic Dream Come True". Retrieved 2018-04-02. 
  7. ^ "Chloe Kim Bio". US Ski and Snowboarding Team. Retrieved February 12, 2018. 
  8. ^ Scott WilloughbyThe Denver Post (January 25, 2014). "Kelly Clark wins superpipe, and Chloe Kim, 13, earns silver". The Denver Post. Retrieved January 29, 2014. 
  9. ^ "X Games on Twitter". Twitter. 
  10. ^ Oliver Macklin (31 January 2016). "Kelly Sildaru, 13, becomes youngest athlete ever to win Winter X Games gold". Washington Post. 
  11. ^ "2016 A Year Of Firsts For X Games Snowboarder Chloe Kim". espnW. 
  12. ^ a b Charles Lam. "Chloe Kim Becomes First Woman to Land Two 1080 Spins, Wins U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix". NBC News. 
  13. ^ By OlympicTalk. "Watch Chloe Kim become the first woman to score perfect 100 | OlympicTalk". Retrieved 2017-02-03. 
  14. ^ "Chloe Kim Selected As Team USA Flag Bearer For Lillehammer 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games". Team USA. 
  15. ^ "List of 2016 ESPYS Nominees". ESPN MediaZone. Retrieved 18 July 2016. 
  16. ^ Chloe Kim, 17-year-old American snowboarding phenom, wins gold at women's halfpipe finals, Arielle Gold takes bronze; New York Daily News, February 12, 2018
  17. ^ "Snowboard | Results Ladies' Halfpipe Final Run 3 - Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games". Retrieved 2018-03-30. 
  18. ^ Lewis, Aimee. "Chloe Kim: US teenager makes history at Winter Olympics". CNN. Retrieved 2018-03-30. 
  19. ^ "Chloe Kim Wins Snowboard Halfpipe Gold in High Style". Time. Retrieved 2018-03-30. 
  20. ^ "How Chloe Kim became the next Shaun White of the Olympics: 7 things to know". Retrieved 2018-04-02. 
  21. ^ Shawn Smith. "Who is Chloe Kim?". NBC. Retrieved February 12, 2018. 
  22. ^ Age of Miracles: Chloe Kim and Other Young Olympic Stars Are Set to Shine for Longer Than Ever Before MICHAEL ROSENBERG, Sports Illustrated, February 19, 2018
  23. ^ Chloe Kim's Sports Illustrated Cover Outtakes: USA snowboarder Chloe Kim, who captured gold in PyeongChang, appears on the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated. Here are the outtakes from Robert Beck's photo shoot with Kim. Sports Illustrated, February 20, 2018
  24. ^ Writ, By EDDIE PELLS AP National (2018-03-12). "After winning halfpipe gold, American snowboarder puts fame, fun in perspective". The Bulletin. Retrieved 2018-04-02. 
  25. ^ Writ, By EDDIE PELLS AP National (2018-03-12). "After winning halfpipe gold, American snowboarder puts fame, fun in perspective". The Bulletin. Retrieved 2018-04-02. 
  26. ^ "ESPYS 2018 Winners: The Complete List". E! News. Retrieved 23 July 2018. 

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