Chloe Kim has been called the future of snowboarding and is set to be one of the stars of PyeongChang 2018. Here are five facts about the US sensation.
1. South Korean ancestry
Kim’s parents emigrated to the United States from South Korea so her dad, Jong Jin Kim, could enrol at California State University in Long Beach to study engineering. At the time he was 26 and he and his wife, Boran Sun Kim, went on to have three daughters, who were all keen snowboarders. However, the youngest, Chloe, showed the most passion and potential.
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Every Saturday, Kim’s father woke her at 01:00 to drive 350 miles to Mammoth Mountain, where she practised with the snowboard team there. When she wasn’t snowboarding, Kim was skateboarding at the Vans Indoor Park, with her dad inevitably watching on.
3. Youngest gold medallist
In January 2015, Kim became the youngest gold medallist in X Games history by winning the superpipe event in Aspen. She was just 14 at the time, but has since lost the record to Kelly Sildaru.
4. Back-to-back 1080s
A year later, she became the first female to perform back-to-back 1080s in competition. The astonishing performance also earned her a perfect 100 score.
Kim is also a fashion icon as well as being a sporting icon. She has amassed more than 135,000 followers on Instagram, all avidly looking at her photos and videos. She’s a fan of bright nails and has competed with pink hair before.