Immigrant Father Of Olympic Gold Medalist: She's Living The 'American Dream'

Wednesday, 14 Feb, 2018

Even if you're not closely following the PyeongChang Olympics, there's one name you should know about: Chloe Kim.

Or she could establish her dominance over the sport.

When she finally made her Olympic debut, she stomped it. Kim rode to a formidable 93.75 points on her first run at Phoenix Snow Park, which would have held up, but she powered down the pipe for 98.25 on her final run. When she dropped in to take her third and final run, the last rider to drop in the contest, she knew the gold was hers.

Kim, who won both halfpipe and slopestyle gold at the Winter Youth Olympic Games Lillehammer 2016, loves to engage with her fans, even finding time to go on social media during the final to tell her followers about her empty stomach. "I was crying so much because I was so excited to just be a part of this journey".

Tuesday afternoon, on the sunniest, warmest, calmest day of the Pyeongchang Olympics, American snowboarder Chloe Kim did what she was supposed to do, what she was expected to do, what she was destined to do. "It's been a dream of mine since I was a little girl, to land a run that's very important for me". The elder Kim was seen in the crowd during his daughter's run, holding a "Go Chloe" sign with hearts drawn on.

Mikaela Shiffrin will make her PyeongChang debut two days after initially expected after the giant slalom race was postponed due to unsafe winds.

Jong Jin Kim moved to the United States in 1982 to pursue his engineering degree. "I don't know if I could do that if I was in his shoes, quit work and travel with our kid full time, leave your life behind".

Kim became a fan favorite on Twitter after tweeting about churro, ice cream and a breakfast sandwich during her competition.

The 8-4 victory over Norway came after Bryzgalova was shuffling backward in the third end when she stumbled over a stone and had her legs fly out from under her and she crashed hard onto her backside. "After she landed the first run, I enjoyed the rest of the day".

Some viewers at home noticed that she plugged in headphones before each of her runs.

Here's what she did on that epic run: Method; Front 10; Cab 10; Front 9; McTwist; Crippler 7 - that's according to the list she reeled off at a news conference afterward.

And like any father of a teenager, Kim said he wants Chloe to be more friendly to him.

"To be able to push through that was about proving to myself that I am able to overcome anything that's thrown at me", Gold said. "Those tears were obviously tears of job".

In the first doping case of the 2018 Games, 21-year-old short-track speed skater Kei Saito became the only Japanese ever to test positive at a Winter Olympics.

In many respects, a torch was passed.

The youngest known male medalist in an individual event is Swedish Nils Skoglund who in 1920, won a silver high diving medal at the age of 14 years and 11 days. Kim completed back-to-back 1080s (three revolutions).

Arguably the best part of this story however, is the reaction Chloe evoked in her family following her historical victory. "These women are our future".