Snowboarding’s past and future queen Chloe Kim joins Kelley O’Hara to talk about her record-breaking run to the top of her sport.

At the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Chloe became the youngest woman to ever win an Olympic snowboarding gold, taking home the top prize in the women’s snowboard halfpipe at just 17 years old. A four-time X Games gold medalist, and the first woman to win two gold medals in snowboarding at the Winter Youth Olympic Games, Chloe is both the first woman to ever land back-to-back 1080 degree spins at the Olympics and the first to ever land a frontside double cork 1080 in the halfpipe.

In this conversation, Chloe discusses the true story behind her introduction to the sport, how her dad’s physics background played a role in her development, the importance of her time in Switzerland, what it meant to go pro at age 12, the fearlessness required to learn a new trick, and how she handled being too young to compete at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi despite qualifying. Chloe later discusses how she handled being the favorite at the 2018 games in Pyeongchang, and what it meant to compete in front of her family in Korea. She also shares the backstory behind her infamous tweet during the halfpipe, while commiserating with Kelley about the media insanity that followed her gold medal performance. Chloe ends by discussing her transition to life as a Princeton student and what comes next for the still-improving queen of the slopes.

CHLOE’S RESUME:
  • Olympic gold medalist, snowboard halfpipe (2018)
  • Olympic gold medalist, snowboard halfpipe (2018)
  • 5x X Games gold medalist
  • 1x X Games silver medalist
  • 1x X Games bronze medalist
  • Winter Youth Olympic gold medalist (2016)
  • ESPY winner, Best Female Athlete (2018)
  • ESPY winner, Best Female Olympian (2018)
  • ESPY winner, Best Female Action Sports Athlete (2018)
  • TIME’s 100 Most Influential People (2018)
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