Chloe Kim is Best Known For Being the youngest woman to win a gold medal in snowboarding at 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics at the age of 17. At the same event, she also became the youngest woman to land two consecutive 1080 degree spins.
Born Name: Chloe Kim
Occupation: Snowboarder, Social Media Star
Born: April 23, 2000, 19 years and 10 months, Long Beach, California, U.S.
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 5 ft 2 in or 157.5 cm
Hair Color: Dark Brown (Natural)
Eye Color: Brown
The snowboarder studied in La Palma Christian Elementary School in Orange County and graduated from La Palma Christian School in 2018.
A substantial part of her education involved getting homeschooled through an online program with Mammoth High School.
Chloe once announced on Twitter that she got accepted to the class of 2020 in Princeton University but deleted that tweet later. Although the snowboarder has a lot of inhibitions about attending full-time college, her father insists upon prioritizing education.
Father – Jong Jin Kim (Engineer)
Mother – Boran Yun Kim
Siblings – None
Others – Tracey (Older Half-Sister), Erica (Older Half-Sister)
She has South Korean roots.
At the 2018 Winter Olympics, she became the youngest woman to win an Olympic snowboarding gold medal when she won gold in the women’s snowboard halfpipe at 17 years old. 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.
Kim was born in Long Beach, California and raised in nearby Torrance. Her parents are 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 age four at the southern California resort of Mountain High; she started competing at age six as a member of Team Mountain High. She trained in Geneva, Switzerland from ages eight to ten before returning to California and training at Mammoth Mountain. Kim joined the U.S. Snowboarding Team in 2013.
While too young to compete in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, Kim earned a silver medal in superpipe in the 2014 Winter X Games behind Kelly Clark. In 2015, Chloe won Gold in the superpipe at the Winter X Games, besting Clark. With this win, at age 14, Kim became the youngest gold medalist until she lost the record to Kelly Sildaru, who won gold in 2016 at the age of 13. In the 2016 X Games, she became the first person under the age of 16 to win two gold medals (and thus the first person to win back-to-back gold medals) at an X Games. 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. She scored a perfect 100 points, and is believed to be the second rider ever to do so, after Shaun White.
2016 Winter Youth Olympics
See also: 2016 Winter Youth Olympics
In 2016, Kim 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. She was selected as Team USA’s flag bearer for the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games, becoming the first snowboarder chosen to serve as flag bearer for Team USA at either the Olympic Winter Games or Youth Olympic Games. Kim was nominated for the 2016 ESPYS award for Best Breakthrough Athlete.
2018 Winter Olympics
See also: 2018 Winter Olympics
At Kim’s first Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, she won the gold medal in the Women’s Halfpipe finals with Ricky Bower as her coach. Her first score 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 Liu Jiayu, who placed 2nd. Kim became the youngest woman to ever land two 1080-degree spins in a row at the Olympics. At age 17 she became the youngest woman to ever win gold at the Olympics in the halfpipe, surpassing the past record holder, Kelly Clark, who was 18. This record landed her a position on Time magazine’s annual Time 100 list.
In 2018, she became the first woman to land a frontside double cork 1080 in halfpipe.
In popular culture
Kim was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated following her Olympic gold medal win. Her appearance on a special edition of the Kellogg’s Corn Flakes box set a new record for “fastest-selling cereal box in Kellogg Company history.”
In 2018, Mattel began producing a Shero Barbie in her likeness in a new line of dolls highlighting inspiring women that also includes Amelia Earhart. In February 2019, she was featured in Nike’s “Dream Crazier” ad with Serena Williams, Simone Biles, Ibtihaj Muhammad, Megan Rapinoe, and other women athletes. The ad appeared during the 2019 Oscars.
Awards and honors
In July 2018, Kim won three ESPYs for Best Female Athlete, Best Female Olympian, and Best Female Action Sports Athlete.
Kim is Korean American, being a First-generation American; her parents emigrated from South Korea. In 1982, her father arrived in the United States with just $800 cash. Kim has extended family living in South Korea, where she competed in the 2018 Winter Olympics. Her relatives, including her grandmother, watched her compete for the first time at the Olympics. She is trilingual, fluent in Korean, French, and English. Kim was admitted to Princeton University’s Class of 2022. After deferring the offer of admission until the Class of 2023, she stated she wants to study science.
She is managed by –
Lis Rudnay Moss, Creative Artists Agency
Laura Potesta, Rogers and Cowan, Publicists
Broad, heart-shaped face
As a Winter Olympic level athlete, Chloe is the brand ambassador of several brands including Mammoth Ski club, Toyota, Visa, Samsung, Mondelez International, Laneige, Monster Energy, and Bose.
Her equipment is sponsored by Burton Snowboards, Nike, and Oakley Sports Equipment.
First TV Show
She made her first non-sport television show appearance in the morning news & talk show series, Today, in 2018.
As a member of the U.S. Snowboarding team since 2013, Chloe started competing in ESPN’s Winter X Games since 2014 when she was just 13 years old.
The snowboarder is not a morning person. She gets up by 7 am and starts her day at a slow pace to prepare herself mentally for the grueling training schedule.
To maintain her best physical and mental condition for the competition, the athlete has made some alterations to her eating and training habits owing to the recommendations made by her nutritionist and strength coach but she usually likes to defy the popular norms for healthy eating and training.
Since her daily calorie intake is very high, between 2200 and 3200 calories, Chloe can easily get away with eating a lot of junk food and processed snacks.
The snowboarder does not like warming up before her practice sessions either.
She used to start her day with a big breakfast that consisted of chocolate pancakes, some biscuits, and gravy, toast, cottage cheese or Cinnamon toast crunch cereal until she found out that a substantial morning meal would slow her down in her daily 3 hour morning practice.
Hence, Chloe switched to a big dinner and a small breakfast such as a smoothie with spinach, Greek yogurt, honey, strawberries, and blueberries.
After a second post lunch snowboarding session, Chloe sits through a video review of her progress with her coach and hits the gym in the evening.
Her shortest workout lasts an hour while a more extensive session might take 2 hours.
In 2015, Chloe hurt her right knee and went for rehabilitation in Center of Excellence, Park City, Utah. Ever since the incident, she has started training regularly at the gym with a focus on strengthening her legs.
For the upper body, the snowboarder sticks to fundamental movements such as pull-ups, push-ups, and dips. However, for core and legs, she performs a more extensive range of exercises using TRX, medicine balls, and body weight.
Chloe also likes to run for 20-30 minutes on the treadmill and takes to the spin bike /stationary cycle the day she experiences fatigue after a challenging snowboarding practice.
She used to sleep for 10 hours but has reduced it to 8.
Although she has a sweet tooth, after 2016, the snowboarder eats a lot less candy and consciously opts for less calorie dense choices particularly at Starbucks that helped her successfully lose some fat and gain muscle ahead of the Winter Olympics 2018.
Chloe Kim Favorite Things
Restaurant – Sugarfish (sushi restaurant in LA)
Ice-Cream Flavor – Vanilla Swiss Almond, Mango Sorbet, Oreo Mcflurry
Candy – Skittles, Sour Patch Kids, Swedish Fish
In–n-Out Order – Cheeseburger with French fries
Reality Show – Keeping up with the Kardashians
Celebrity Crush – KJ Apa, Cole Sprouse
Workout Song – 7/11 by Beyonce
Guilty Pleasure – Sweets
Travel Essential – Lip Balm
Snowboarding Idol – Kelly Clark
Stores – Forever 21, Zara, H&M, Topshop, Balenciaga, Anthropologie
BB Cream – Laneige BB Cushion
Hair Product – Paul Mitchell Skinny Serum
Eye Make-Up – Stila’s Waterproof Eyeliner, Too face Mascara
Chloe Kim Facts
Chloe first learned to snowboard at the age of 4 because her father was trying to get her mother interested in the sport. She started competing at the age of 6.
Her father was not aware of the availability of snowboarding pants and used to cut yoga mats to stuff in Chloe’s clothes so that she did not get hurt when she fell during her snowboarding practice.
From age 8 to 10, the snowboarder stayed with her aunt in Valais, Switzerland where she learned to speak French.
Chloe’s father was also her first coach who quit his job to help his daughter participate in her first Winter X Games where she won a silver medal at the age of 14. Chloe competed despite chipping her tooth in the practice round right before the event.
At the age of 15, Chloe participated in the U.S. Grand Prix in Park City, Utah, where she became the first woman to land back-to-back 1080s in a competition and also became the first woman to earn a perfect 100 score.
In 2018, Chloe became the first woman to land a frontside double cork 1080 in Half Pipe Snowboarding event.
She is trilingual and speaks fluent Korean, English, and French.
Every time before starting her run, Chloe knocks on her snowboard twice for luck.
She wanted to compete in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and even qualified for it but could not participate due to age restrictions.
The athlete takes lessons in playing Acoustic guitar.
Chloe has a pet dog, a mini Australian Shepherd named Reese.
Her biggest pet peeve is when people test her patience by walking very slowly in front of her.
Skittles has gifted Chloe with a lifetime supply of their candy.
She has expressed interest in studying Business Law in college and has considered becoming a sports agent after she retires from her sport.
Since Chloe is very vocal about her love for food on Instagram and Twitter, Time magazine labeled her as a Food Icon in 2018 alongside chef José André.
She was also asked to be on the cover of Kellogg’s Cornflakes box and Barbie has created a Chloe Kim doll.