Talk about Deja Vi-YEW…
Days after Redmond Gerard became the youngest American male to medal at the Winter Olympics (since 1928,) Southern California’s Chloe Kim, also 17, is the youngest woman to win an Olympic snowboarding medal after grabbing GOLD in the women’s halfpipe.
“I hate crying but I’ll give myself a pass for this one. Thank you everyone for the love! Stoked to bring home the gold” Kim tweeted.
I hate crying but I’ll give myself a pass for this one. Thank you everyone for the love! Stoked to bring home the gold pic.twitter.com/vxApf1lxbI
— Chloe Kim (@chloekimsnow) February 13, 2018
Born in Torrence, California and raised in Long Beach, her father, a South Korean immigrant, started teaching Kim how to snowboard at just 4 years old.
With her big-airs (back-to-back 1080s,) record-breaking stats, and million dollar smile, here’s FIVE fresh facts about Chloe, America’s Newest Hero:
5. A Perfect 100
At the 2016 U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix, she scored a perfect 100 after landing back-to-back 1080 degree spins in competition. The only other person to do such a thing? Shaun White.
4. Youngest X Games Star
Chloe is the only athlete in X Games history to earn three gold medals before turning 16.
3. She’s trilingual
As a first-generation Korean-American, NBC reports she is trilingual. Kim spent two years studying abroad in Switzerland and speaks English, French and Korean.
2. She Has A Lifetime Supply Of Skittles
Known for having a sweet tooth, Chloe was craving ice cream, churros, and Hawaiian pizza during Winter Games competition — but, two years ago, she was gifted with a lifetime supply of Skittles. And you thought BURTON was a big sponsor?!
1. She’s Tough As Tails
All Photography by Myles McGuinness