|ESPN Magazine recently featured Chloe Kim on its cover.|
CHLOE KIM actually qualified for the Olympic team in 2014 but at age 13, she was too young for the competition.
Now, at the ripe old age of 17, she is the heavy gold medal favorite in snowboard half-pipe; nabbed Visa as one of her primary sponsors,[ NBC did a commercial on her to promote their coverage of the Winter Games in PyongChang, South Korea; and she made the cover of ESPN Magazine (See above.).
She also revealed what she does to conquer the nervousness that accompanies the competition. She snacks!
"It's very special," Kim told CNN. "I feel like I have this unique opportunity to represent both Korea and the U.S.
"I definitely have a lot of Korean/American fans which is amazing," Kim tells CNN.
"I think my family are just so excited," she adds. "My grandma is in Korea. I have two aunts and three cousins in Korea as well.
"Everyone's really happy and I think this is the best scenario ever. At the end of the day, I'm so grateful that I get to be out here and represent the US in the country that my family came from. It's a very big blessing."
On the eve of a possible Olympic gold, looking back on her journey, she gives tribute to her father, Jong Jin Kim, who immigrated from Korea in 1982.
Born in Long Beach, Chloe started snowboarding before most kids learn to read. At age 4 she began taking the two-three hour trips to Mammoth Mountain ski resorts with her father, where, together, they learned to navigate the slopes and the competition.
In Monday's (Feb. 11, PST) qualifying round for the Olympic medal, Chloe was dominant in the qualifying round. She put down the two highest scoring runs of the day — a 91.50 on her first run, then a 95.50 on her second run, four points more than the next closest rival.
She will go into the medal round tonight (Feb. 12, PST) as a prohibitive favorite. So, eat churros!