17 Year Old Olympic Gold Medalist

Katie Le

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Chloe Kim is the daughter of Korean parents who emigrated to the United States of America in pursuit of the ¨American Dream¨ back in 1982 with only $800 in their pocket. To help Chloe find a passion, he started Chloe in snowboarding when she was 4 years old. Her father sacrificed everything for the sport, like quitting his engineering job in order to support Chloe. Car rides lasted about five-and-a-half hours to get from their home to Mammoth Mountain in order to train.

At a young age, Chloe met the International Ski Federation qualification standard for the Olympic Winter Games back in 2014. Unfortunately, she was considered too young at the age of 13 to compete in Sochi. The rules state that athletes must be at least age 15 at the end of the year preceding the Games in order to compete. This made her work harder the following years, becoming the future of the snowboarding. Kim has become the best halfpipe rider in the world in the last four years. She’s won six X Games medals, including gold last month, and was the first rider to qualify for the U.S. team this year.

Not only did Chloe win the gold medal this year but she has also won over Twitter. Her tweets included her personality and humor everyone appreciated even before her success. After she qualified for the finals on February 11, she tweeted about a snack,¨Could be down for some ice cream rn.¨ She also tweeted out, ¨Wish I finished my breakfast sandwich but my stubborn self decided not to and now I’m getting hangry¨ before the halfpipe final on February 12.

Chloe scored an opening score of 93.75, and it was practically all she needed to secure the gold medal. However, Chloe wanted to top that and prove to everyone she could execute even better in her performance. Having already secured the gold, Kim pulled off a victory lap that included back-to-back 1080s-three full revolutions in the air per trick. She ended with nearly a perfect score of 98.25.

Chloe did not allow herself to cry afterwards as she states, ¨I can’t cry right now. I can’t do this. I worked so hard on my eyeliner!” Imagine at age 17 accomplishing such big dreams and being able to hold back tears. As of today, Chloe Kim has made history by being the first woman to land back-to-back 1080 degree spins at the Games and the youngest female snowboarder to win a gold medal. Her hard work and dedication paid off along with her family´s sacrifices, which helped Chloe win not only for herself but for her family as well. Kim´s father was seen in the crowd supporting Chloe as she went for her final run with a “Go Chloe” sign with hearts drawn on. After her gold medal win, Chloe Kim’s parents embraced her, and her father was heard saying, as he pointed to himself, “American dream.”

 

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