Chloe Kim made headlines for her historic snowboarding win at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic Games. However, she’s still a 17-year-old who is trying to navigate the obstacles of adolescence and early adulthood while simultaneously winning gold medals.
The snowboarder sacrificed a lot for her career, including the guy she’d been dating for a year and a half. Read on to hear a little more about her not-so-normal life, plus why she ended things with her snowboarder boyfriend right before the Olympics.
She’s not your average 17-year-old
Kim began snowboarding when she was four years old. She said her parents were supportive, but most of her extended family wasn’t. “My aunt wasn’t a big fan of it,” Kim said in an interview with The Los Angeles Times. “You know, a Korean’s ideal thing is to be a lawyer, a doctor.”
Kim spends most of her days training — her daily training plan includes three hours of snowboarding and a cool down on a spin bike. Plus, she has a daily coaching session where she reviews videos of that day’s training. All of that doesn’t leave too much time for a normal life.
Next: Kim tries to keep her life normal whenever possible.
… but she tries to be an average 17-year-old when she can
If you read any of Kim’s tweets throughout the Olympics, you can easily tell that she’s still a 17-year-old at heart. She admits to People that she did have to grow up pretty quickly but enjoys the time at home when she can. Kim said that she and her mother always go shopping together, and she’s extremely close to her sisters. She also spends a lot of time at the local park. She said living in a city helps keep her life grounded when she’s not snowboarding.
Next: She’s dealt with some things the same way most 17-year-olds have.
And that includes dating
One nearly-inevitable part of being a teenager is dating — and having a celebrity crush. Kim said she’s a big fan of Riverdale star Cole Sprouse. But in her real world, Kim did have a boyfriend for a long time. About a year and a half ago, she began dating another professional snowboarder. The two found time to see one another in between their crazy schedules.
Dating for a year and half is a long time for a 17-year-old, but Kim decided to break it off with her boyfriend right before the 2018 Olympics.
Next: Here’s why Kim called it quits with her boyfriend.
Kim referred to her split with her boyfriend as ‘a business decision’
When asked about her breakup, she said it was more of a business decision than anything else. “That sounds kind of harsh, but it’s true,” Kim said, according to hellogiggles.com. She went on to clarify that she had been hearing rumors about him and their relationship (she did not disclose what the rumors were), and decided she didn’t need the distraction while going in to the Olympics. Kudos to you, Kim.
Next: And did that decision work out?
It proved to be an excellent business decision
While it was probably hard for Kim to end such a long teenage relationship, she definitely showed the millions of Olympics viewers that she doesn’t need a man. Kim won gold in the halfpipe snowboarding competition, and she’s the youngest female snowboarder to do so for the U.S. Kim’s claim to fame is that she’s the only female who can land two 1080s in a row. Kim was right when she said she didn’t want her relationship to be a distraction — and it definitely wasn’t.
Next: Kim is thriving in Pyeongchang.
Now, Kim is soaking up everything her Olympic experience has to offer
Kim’s parents are immigrants from South Korea, and she has been loving the experience of spending her first Olympics in her parents’ home country. Kim has family in Korea, including her grandmother, who was able to come to the snow park and watch her win the gold. “The media has given her very glowing coverage because they see her as one of their own,” Peter Kim, a New Jersey native and English professor at Kookmin University in Seoul, told The LA Times.
Next: These are her plans after the Olympics.
She’s hoping she can still squeeze in time to be a regular girl with her new-found fame
After Kim won gold, she was asked about her post-Olympics plans. “I will try to go to prom, find me a boy,” she told ABC News. She said she missed out on a few proms, homecomings, and could miss her graduation, but she’d do it again if she could. While prom is fun, we can only imagine that the excitement of winning a gold medal for your country must be a little better.
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