Chloe Kim & Boyfriend Split Before the Olympics

Kim dominates for 1st Olympic gold, Hirscher breaks through

Kim dominates for 1st Olympic gold, Hirscher breaks through

"I don't really try to talk her on the phone these days, because I want her to be focused during the Olympics". And I'm just at a time where I didn't really want to worry about that.

Her smooth style and big tricks have many news outlets calling her a "prodigy" and Sports Illustrated, Vogue and the Los Angeles Timeshave referred to her as "the Shaun White of snowboarding", because she's the only athlete since White to score a flawless 100 at the U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix.

Chloe Kim was ready for the Olympics in 2014, but by rule, they were not ready for her.

For Kim, that parental guidance and support have fostered a love of snowboarding that has made her the best female rider in the world.

"I think about it all the time", Kim said with a laugh when asked if she ever lets herself envision what it would be like to stand atop the Olympic podium. She's caught the eye of junk food companies, too - Oreo is one of many to hop on the Chloe Kim bandwagon. She remains the only woman to successfully execute that combo. At 34, she is competing in her fifth games.

Chloe Kim in action en route to first place finish in the ladies' FIS Snowboard World Cup at the 2016 U.S Snowboarding Park City Grand Prix on February 6, 2016 in Park City, Utah.

The first response to her tweet - Hey, aren't you competing - says it all.


This time in PyeongChang, she'll be a participant.

She's been able to win numerous contests since then without that second 1080 in her run, but with many of her competitors suddenly stepping up their game and learning the frontside 1080 before PyeongChang, Kim dusted off the back-to-back 10s again last month at X Games Aspen.

She has six X Games medals, including four gold.

Kim, the Korean-American who has become the poster child for Pyeongchang 2018, looked superior to the rest of the field during both runs of qualifying. And she rides longer than anyone.

Luckily, she found what she needed in the Olympic Village: churros. Teammate Maddie Mastro also is only 17.

"I started asking myself 'What would actually make a difference?' What I can I pour my efforts into that would outlast my ability to perform". She has been defined as a "fierce competitor" and is a favorite to medal. At the time, Kim was just 12 or 13 years old.

And at the base of the halfpipe, where he always is, Jong Jin will see his daughter take the next, and so far biggest, step in the snowboarding journey they've been on together.

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