Had there not been an age limit, the world would have been introduced to Chloe Kim four years ago, during the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi. Problem was, Kim was 13 years old at the time, and the minimum age requirement was 15.
All she has done since then is win three X Games gold medals, rewrite the record books, establish herself as the No. 1 snowboarder in the world — and establish herself as a strong gold medal favorite heading into the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang.
If she medals in PyeongChang, Kim will break Kelly Clark’s record for youngest American to medal in snowboarding in an Olympic Games. Clark, who has become something of a role model to Kim, claimed gold in 2002 at the age of 18 in Salt Lake City.
In 2016, Kim was nominated for an ESPY Award for Breakthrough Athlete, joining pitcher Jake Arrieta, Conor McGregor and Karl-Anthony Towns among the group of nominees. Arrieta was named the winner.
Kim would have competed in the Sochi Olympics in 2014, but, at 13 years old, two years shy of the minimum, she was too young. Now 17, she is prepared to make her Olympic debut a memorable one as a gold medal favorite.
Kim won an X Games medal when she was just 13 years old, taking silver in the halfpipe.
In 2016, Kim won her third X Games gold medal, becoming the first athlete to win three gold medals before the age of 16.
Already, Kim has signed sponsorship deals with some of the biggest brands in snowboarding, including Visa, Samsung, Oakley, and Burton.
When she was 15 years old, Kim pulled off something no other female snowboarder had ever done: landing back-to-back 1080s. It earned her a perfect score at the 2016 U.S. Grand Prix.
She has finished No. 1 on the World Snowboard Tour halfpipe standings two years in a row heading into PyeongChang.
Kim is tri-lingual, speaking English, French and Korean.
She hasn’t competed in an Olympic Games yet, but Kim has already been a flag bearer for the United States. For the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games, Kim was selected as the flag bearer for the Opening Ceremony, becoming the first snowboarder to serve as a flag bearer for either the Youth Olympic Games or the Olympic Games.