Chloe Kim (born April 23, 2000) is an American snowboarder and two-time Olympic gold medalist. 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.[2]

Chloe Kim
Chloe Kim, 2017 (cropped).png
Kim in 2017
Personal information
Born (2000-04-23) April 23, 2000 (age 22)
Long Beach, California, U.S.
Height5 ft 3 in (160 cm)
Weight115 lb (52 kg)
Sport
CountryUnited States
SportSnowboarding
Event(s)Halfpipe
ClubMammoth Mountain Ski and Snowboard
Medal record
Chloe Kim
Hangul
클로이 김
Revised RomanizationKulloi Kim
McCune–ReischauerK'ŭlloi Kim
Birth name
Hangul
김선[1]
Hanja
金善
Revised RomanizationGim Seon
McCune–ReischauerKim Sŏn

At the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, she became the first woman to win two gold medals in halfpipe. She is a six-time X Games gold medalist and the first woman to win two gold medals in snowboarding at the Winter Youth Olympic Games.[3][4][5] She is the World, Olympic, Youth Olympic, and X Games champion in the halfpipe and the first to win the title at all four major events.

Early lifeEdit

Kim was born on April 23, 2000, in Long Beach, California, and raised in nearby Torrance. She has two older sisters named Erica and Tracy.[6] Her parents are from South Korea. Kim's father 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.[7] She spent third and fourth grade studying and training in Geneva, Switzerland[8] where her aunt lived,[9] before returning to California and training at Mammoth Mountain. She is fluent in French, English and Korean.[10] Kim's father quit his job to drive her to the mountains and also to be able to travel with her when she competes. Chloe Kim went to Dana Middle School. Kim joined the U.S. Snowboarding Team in 2013.[11]

CareerEdit

X GamesEdit

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.[12] 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.[13][14] In the 2016 X Games, she became the first person under the age of 16 to win two gold medals (and also the first person to win back-to-back gold medals) at an X Games.[15][16] At that year's U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix, Kim became the first woman to land back-to-back 1080 spins in a snowboarding competition.[6][16][17] She scored a perfect 100 points and is the second rider ever to do so, after Shaun White.[18]

2016 Winter Youth OlympicsEdit

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.[4] 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.[19] Kim was nominated for the 2016 ESPYS award for Best Breakthrough Athlete.[20]

2018 Winter OlympicsEdit

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.[21] Her first score was 93.75 points, which was 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 second.[22] Kim became the youngest woman to ever land two 1080-degree spins in a row at the Olympics.[23] 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 had won the gold when she was 19.[24] This record landed Kim a position on Time magazine's annual Time 100 list.[25]

2022 Winter OlympicsEdit

Kim became a two-time Olympian when she competed at her second consecutive Winter Olympics in Beijing, China. Kim entered the women's halfpipe event. She successfully defended her Olympic title, thus becoming the first female snowboarder to win back-to-back gold medals at the snowboard halfpipe event.[26][27]

After qualifying for the final in first place with a score of 87.75, achieved in her first run, Kim won the event with a score of 94.00, also achieved in her first run. She used her additional two runs in the final to attempt a new trick, but in both attempts was unable to stick the landing. As a result, her scores for the second and third runs were low (27.00 and 26.25 respectively) and thus discarded, with the score from her first run counted to secure the Olympic title.

In popular cultureEdit

Kim was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated following her Olympic gold medal win.[28][29] 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."[30]

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).[31] In February 2019, Kim 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.[32]

In late 2020, Kim competed on season 4 of The Masked Singer as "Jellyfish". Kim ultimately made it to the semi-finals of the competition before being unmasked in a triple elimination alongside Tori Kelly as "Seahorse" and Taylor Dayne as "Popcorn".[33]

In March 2022, she was added to the game Fortnite as a playable character as part of the game's icon series.[34]

Awards and honorsEdit

In July 2018, Kim won three ESPYs for Best Female Athlete, Best Female Olympian, and Best Female Action Sports Athlete.[35]

Kim was also included in Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People of 2018.[36]

Personal lifeEdit

FamilyEdit

Kim is a second-generation Korean-American; her parents, Boran Yun Kim and Jong Jin Kim, emigrated from South Korea during the country's authoritarian era. Her father first arrived with just $800 in cash and worked minimum-wage jobs, eventually earning a college degree at the El Camino College in manufacturing engineering technology.[37][38] He eventually quit his job to help his daughter pursue her snowboarding career.[37]

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.[39] Kim stated, "I have this different opportunity because I'm Korean-American, but I'm riding for the States. ... I'm starting to understand that I can represent both countries."[37] Kim was admitted to Princeton University in 2018, but deferred the offer of admission until 2019. She wants to study science.[40]

Anti-Asian RacismEdit

Kim stated that despite being born in the United States and having always represented the country professionally at international events, she experiences racist and hateful messages regularly, up to 30 a day, as far back as she was age 13.[41] She stated that because she was Asian, people would often belittle her accomplishments, telling her to "stop taking medals away from the white American girls on the team", as well as to "go back to China".[42][43]

She has also spoken up about the rise of anti-Asian hate crime and violence in the country since the COVID-19 pandemic, adding that she is constantly worried about her parents' safety.[42] She added that she would always bring along a knife, pepper spray, and tasers whenever she goes outdoors to do her errands as well as avoiding crowded places in general.[43]

FilmographyEdit

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2018 Double Dare Herself / Contestant Episode: "Board Bombs vs. Team Over Your Head"
2018 Ridiculousness Herself Episode: "Chloe Kim"
2020 #KidsTogether: The Nickelodeon Town Hall Herself Television special
2020 The Substitute Herself Episode: "Chloe Kim"
2020 Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? Herself (voice) Episode: "Caveman on the Half Pipe"
2020 The Masked Singer Herself (Jellyfish) Season 4

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2019 Charlie's Angels Angel Recruit

Music videosEdit

Year Title Artist(s) Role Ref.
2018 "Girls Like You" (Original, Volume 2 and Vertical Video versions) Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B Herself (cameo) [44][45][46]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ Jackson, Ashton (February 10, 2022). "Snowboarder Chloe Kim becomes first woman to win consecutive Olympic halfpipe gold medals". CNBC. Retrieved February 11, 2022.
  3. ^ "Chloe Kim X Games Bio". ESPN. Retrieved February 12, 2018.
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  5. ^ "Aspen 2021 Women's Snowboard SuperPipe". X Games. Retrieved January 31, 2021.
  6. ^ a b Yap, Audrey Cleo (May 23, 2016). "16-Year-Old Snowboarding Champion Chloe Kim Is Just a Regular Teenager". NBC News. Retrieved February 13, 2018.
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  13. ^ "X Games on Twitter" – via Twitter.
  14. ^ Macklin, Oliver (January 31, 2016). "Kelly Sildaru, 13, becomes youngest athlete ever to win Winter X Games gold". The Washington Post.
  15. ^ "2016 A Year Of Firsts For X Games Snowboarder Chloe Kim". espnW.
  16. ^ a b Lam, Charles. "Chloe Kim Becomes First Woman to Land Two 1080 Spins, Wins U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix". NBC News.
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  27. ^ [2]; People Magazine (New York), February 9, 2022
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  29. ^ 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
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  31. ^ Writ, EDDIE PELLS AP National (March 12, 2018). "After winning halfpipe gold, American snowboarder puts fame, fun in perspective". The Bulletin. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  32. ^ "Serena Williams stars in Nike ad celebrating female athletes set to air during Oscars". The Washington Post. February 24, 2019.
  33. ^ "'Masked Singer' recap: 3 celebrities go home in shocking triple elimination". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 3, 2020.
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  44. ^ Amatulli, Jenna (May 31, 2018). "Maroon 5, Cardi B's 'Girls Like You' Video Is a Star-Studded Dance Party". HuffPost. Archived from the original on May 31, 2018. Retrieved June 1, 2018.
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