Chloe Kim is taking a break from snowboarding. The 22-year-old told Cheddar that she plans to take a full season off from the sport.
The Olympic star won’t be hanging up her snowboard for good, though. Kim made it clear that an Olympic three-peat is still on her mind.
“Just for my mental health,” Kim said. “Just want to kind of reset, don’t want to get right back into it after such a fun but draining year at the same time, knowing that it was an Olympic year.”
Kim took home gold in the halfpipe competition at the 2022 Beijing Games in February, blowing out the competition with a score of 94 to defend her 2018 Olympic title.
“So, I just want to enjoy this moment, take it all in and then get back to it when I’m feeling ready. But as of now the plan is most definitely to go after a third medal,” Kim said.
The American snowboarder is no stranger to stepping away from the sport. She took a 22-month hiatus to attend Princeton before returning to the halfpipe and making an undefeated run up to the 2022 Winter Games.
If Kim returns for the 2026 Olympics, she will look to become the first woman to earn three snowboarding gold medals.