In 2018, 17-year-old Chloe Kim got a lot of people very excited about a sport they usually have little to do with: snowboarding. The US sensation became the youngest woman to win an Olympic snowboarding gold medal after crushing the halfpipe competition in PyeongChang. She currently holds the World, Olympic, Youth Olympic and X games championships in the halfpipe, and she’s the “first woman to land a frontside double cork 1080” in the halfpipe.
In 2019 she decided to diversify and set up a YouTube channel, which has now racked up over 3 million views for down-to-earth vlogs on travelling, adventuring and cooking. She comes across as a bubbly, ordinary teenager — something to be applauded in a world charged by stress.
This relatability also comes across in a recent announcement that she would stop competing for a year to have some “Chloe time” and focus on first year classes at Princeton University, one of the highest-ranked universities in the US.
“I’ve been competing at a pro level since I was 12 and I’m 19 now and that’s a big chunk of my life. I don’t hate competing — I love it so much — but at the same time I wanted to explore life outside of that scene for a year,” she said in a video.
“I need some Chloe time. I need to be a normal kid for once, because I haven’t been able to do that my whole life.”Tags: Snowboarding, sports, USA