Born April 23, 2000, in Long Beach, California, Chloe Kim learned to snowboard as a 4-year-old. Her father encouraged her on the snowboard and she began her competitive career at the age of 6 as a member of the Team Mountain High in Southern California. She qualified for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, but at the age of 13, she was too young to compete.
Chloe’s impressive list of accomplishments can be found on her Wikipedia page. These accomplishments include winning the silver in the superpipe in the 2014 Winter X Games. Chloe returned to the Winter X Games in 2015 to win the gold in the superpipe, becoming the youngest gold medalist in the Winter X Games at the time as a 14-year-old. Winning three gold medals at the 2016 Winter X Games, Chloe became the first person under the age of 16 to win three gold medals.
Chloe became the first woman to land back-to-back 1080 spins at the 2016 U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix, and scored 100 points. That same year, she won a gold medal in snowboarding at the Winter Youth Olympics, the first American woman to do so, and she earned the highest snowboarding score in the Winter Youth Olympics at that time. Chloe brought home the gold in the women’s halfpipe at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
In a February 2018 interview with The Washington Post, Chloe was happy to talk about her personal life. She is a first-generation Korean American as her parents are South Korean immigrants. She speaks French, Korean, and English fluently. She visits her remaining family in South Korea almost every year, but she identifies most with American culture. She is a role model for children of all ages in the United States and South Korea. Chloe went on a goodwill tour in 2017 to South Korea where she met with reporters and college students.
Chloe’s focus is to finish high school and attend college. She began homeschooling when she was in eighth grade to accommodate her busy training and competition schedule. She now completes her studies in an independent learning program through Mammoth High School. With her growing social media following, Chloe Kim is poised to become a powerful force in the world of Olympic athletics.