17-year-old Chloe Kim is an American snowboarder who is the youngest woman to win an Olympic snowboarding gold medal. Her historic achievement was from her victory in the 2018 women’s snowboard halfpipe at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics
Chloe was born in Long Beach, California and raised in nearby Torrance. Her father and mother are originally from South Korea. Her parents immigrated to the United States from South Korea and Chloe, 17, was born in 2000.
Kim Jong Jin, Chloe’s father, started her on a snowboard at 4 years old at their local resort of Mountain High and she started competing at 6 as a member of Team Mountain High. She trained in Valais, Switzerland from 8 to 10 years old before returning to California and training at Mammoth Mountain. Chloe joined up with U.S. Snowboarding in 2013
While being too young to compete in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Chloe Kim earned silver in superpipe in the 2014 Winter X Games, coming behind Kelly Clark. In 2015 Chloe won Gold in the superpipe event in the Winter X Games beating Kelly Clark. With this win, at age 14, Kim became the youngest gold medalist until she lost this 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 such 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
In 2016, she 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, thus 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.
Compiled by Karl A. Haughton