A 17-year-old snowboarder Chloe Kim still gets butterflies in her stomach before the snowboarder drops into the half-pipe to compete despite the record-breaking performances, three gold medals at the Winter X Games, and all the press coverage.
Kim told People in the fall of her 2018 Olympic Games debut, “I’m shaking, my heart is pounding out of my chest, it’s like I’m freaking out.” She said, “But once I’m moving, I feel fine and I feel relaxed.”
In the recent years, Kim’s achievement shows that she has dominated the women’s half-pipe. She grabbed back-to-back medals at the X Games each year since 2014.
Kim qualified for Team USA on December 15, it was the second time when she made the cut (she made the first back in 2014), but the first time Kim is actually been old enough to compete with other snowboarders in the Olympics.
Kim who is a California native said, “My parents are really excited about it, and it’s some crazy luck that my first Olympics are going to be in Korea where my parents are from.”
She went on to tell the publication, “And a lot of my relatives over there have never really seen me compete before, so I think it’s going to be pretty cool for everyone. It’s really exciting, my whole family is really excited about it, so that gets me even more stoked!”
The snowboarder said that she feels like she can “represent both Korea and America.”
Kim said that she first got on a snowboard when she was 4-year-old, at her father’s urging: “He took me there to bribe my mom to come snowboarding with him so I was like the bait.”
“I feel like now is a cool time for me,” Kim said. “I’m going to turn 18 next year. I’m going to go off to college, and I just think having that experience and going through all of it before another big part of my life comes around is going to be really exciting for me.”