Chloe Kim: An Olympian’s Path to Gold
The Road to Success
Kim’s phenomenal Olympic score of 98.25 swept past her competition, beating Chinese competitor and silver medalist Liu Jiayiu by 8.5 points. That kind of perfection was born from the tenacity and determination of a heart set on the Olympics, and a clear strategy on how she would get there.
Kim’s journey to snowboarding stardom began when she was only four years old. Picking up the sport alongside her father, the young Olympian discovered her passion at an early age.
Backed by the unyielding support of her father and family, Kim would grow up dedicated to honing her snowboarding skills. She would rise early in the morning in her SoCal home to make the 5 ½ hour trek to Mammoth Mountain just to practice. When Kim wasn’t on the slopes, she would be on the trampoline, discovering and memorizing the techniques to her growing repertoire of tricks.
“I tell her to be humble,” her father said to reporters, “that this is from hard work, that you weren’t born this way.”
This advice, so simple and yet so relevant, is one that we all should take to heart.