Think back to when you were 17 years old. What were you doing during that time period in your life? You were probably starting to look at colleges and getting ready to separate from your childhood friends. You were probably going dress shopping for prom or getting ready to ask the girl of your dreams on what you think will be the biggest date of your life. Chloe Kim, the 17 year old American from California, is doing those same things. There’s just one minor difference. She is also winning gold for her country during the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. Chloe Kim is the future. She is the future of women’s snowboarding, the future of winter sports and the future of the US Olympians.
Last night, well technically it could be three days in the future due to the time difference in South Korea, Chloe Kim at the young age of 17 years old, took home the gold medal in the Women’s Half-Pipe Final. This was the Californian’s first gold medal in Olympic competition, but that was only because she was told she was too young to compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochii. Coming into last night’s event, all you heard was just how talented Kim was and the show she was going to put on in front of the millions of watching back home. A lot of time’s athletes that are hyped up fail to live up to the expectations but this was not one of those cases. The second that Kim dropped in to the half-pipe you could instantly tell she was the best snowboarder out there and that she was going to win the gold. She jumped higher, she landed the tricks cleaner, and she was just better than everyone else and by a wide margin. Kim took a dominating lead after her first run, as she scored an impressive 93.75.
This set the tone, and I found myself on the edge of my couch, waiting for her second run. They than played this clip about Kim’s father who is an immigrant from South Korea and essentially gave up everything to fulfill his daughters dream. The two had a bond that you at home felt like you could connect with, Kim had an infectious, pure smile and I suddenly found myself as the leader of the Chloe Kim fan club. Throughout the competition, different snowboarders put together good runs, but nobody was going to touch Kim and this thing was over before it even started. Before her final run, Kim had already clinched her first gold medal and she had the chance to do a victory lap. She had one of two options. She could of done simple jumps and waved to the crowd or go out with a bang, trying to improve her already high score. Then something magical happened. Kim stomped out one of the best runs you will ever see in competitive snowboarding and did it when the run was really meaningless. She scored a 98.25 and electrified and the South Korean crowd.
Throughout the night, I had to keep reminding myself that this superstar was younger than myself and was still in high school. To conclude, this is not the last you are going to see of Chloe Kim. She is a star and is going to dominate the Olympic circuit for decades to come, she IS THE FUTURE.🇺🇸🇺🇸