Chloe Kim - Biography

Chloe Kim is a snowboarder and singer from the United States. She became the youngest woman to win an Olympic snowboarding gold medal when she won gold in the women's snowboard halfpipe at the 2018 Winter Olympics at the age of 17. She is the first woman to win two gold medals in snowboarding at the Winter Youth Olympic Games. She is a six-time X Games gold winner. She is the current World, Olympic, Youth Olympic, and X Games halfpipe champion, making her the first woman to win all four major competitions.

Kim was included to Time magazine's 2018 list of the 100 Most Influential People.

Childhood

Kim grew up in Torrance, California, after being born in Long Beach. Her parents are from the Republic of Korea. Kim's father left his work to take her to the mountains and to accompany her on competition trips. He taught her to snowboard at the Mountain High resort in southern California when she was four years old, and she began competing at the age of six as a member of Team Mountain High.

From the ages of eight to ten, she trained in Geneva, Switzerland, before returning to California and skiing at Mammoth Mountain. In 2013, Kim joined the United States Snowboarding Team.

Kim with her family
X Games

Kim finished second in superpipe at the 2014 Winter X Games behind Kelly Clark, despite being too young to participate in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Chloe beat Clark to gold in the superpipe at the Winter X Games in 2015. At the age of 14, Kim set the record for the youngest gold medallist until Kelly Sildaru, who won gold at the age of 13 in 2016, broke it.

She made history in the 2016 X Games by becoming the youngest person under the age of 16 to win two gold medals (and the first to win back-to-back gold medals). Kim became the first woman to complete back-to-back 1080 rotations in a snowboarding competition in that year's U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix. She is just the second rider in history to earn a perfect 100, after Shaun White.

Kim won award at X games
2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games

Kim became the first American woman to win a gold medal in snowboarding at the Winter Youth Olympic Games in 2016, and she also set the record for the best snowboarding score in Youth Olympic Games history.

She was picked as Team USA's flag bearer for the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, making her the first snowboarder to serve as Team USA's flag bearer at either the Olympic Winter Games or the Youth Olympic Games. Kim was nominated for the Best Breakthrough Athlete award at the 2016 ESPYS.

Kim while skating
2018 Winter Olympics

Kim won gold in the Women's Halfpipe finals at her maiden Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, with Ricky Bower as her coach. Her first place score was 93.75, putting her 8.5 points ahead of second place. Her most recent halfpipe score was 98.25 points, which came near to a perfect score.

Liu Jiayu, who finished second, was almost ten points behind her. At the Olympics, Kim became the youngest woman to ever land two 1080-degree spins in a succession. She became the youngest woman to ever win gold in the halfpipe at the Olympics at the age of 17, surpassing Kelly Clark, who had won the gold at the age of 18. Kim was named to Time magazine's annual Time 100 list as a result of this achievement.

Kim with her country flag
In popular culture

Following her Olympic gold medal victory, Kim was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Her presence on a limited-edition Kellogg's Corn Flakes box broke the record for 'fastest-selling cereal box in Kellogg Company history.' In 2018, Mattel released a Shero Barbie in her image as part of a new series of dolls honouring inspirational women.

Serena Williams, Simone Biles, Ibtihaj Muhammad, Megan Rapinoe, and other female athletes appeared in Nike's 'Dream Crazier' commercial in February 2019. The commercial aired during the 2019 Academy Awards. Kim appeared as 'Jellyfish' on season 4 of The Masked Singer in late 2020.

Kim advanced to the competition's semi-finals before being unmasked in a triple elimination with Tori Kelly as 'Seahorse' and Taylor Dayne as 'Popcorn' in a triple elimination. On January 4, 2022, “Who Is Chloe Kim?” will be released as part of the Who Was...? book series.

Kim with her snow board
Private life

Kim is a Korean-American second generation; her parents immigrated from South Korea. Her father came in the United States in 1982 with just $800 in his pocket and went on to obtain a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering technology. Kim has relatives in South Korea, where she participated in the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Her grandma, among others, saw her participate in the Olympics for the first time. 'I have this unique chance because I'm Korean-American, but I'm racing for the United States.... I'm beginning to realise that I can represent both nations,' Kim said. Kim got accepted into the Class of 2022 at Princeton University. She said that she intends to study science after postponing the offer of admission until the Class of 2023.

Kim posing a posture