Chloe Kim is representing Team USA at the 2018 Winter Olympics. The 17-year-old snowboarder is a favorite to medal in PyeongChang, South Korea.
Kim’s biggest fans, her parents: her mom, Boran Yun Kim, and her dad, Jong Jin Kim, both of whom emigrated from South Korea. Kim travels the world with her parents (more so with her dad than her mom), who have been a great support system to her over the years.
“I’m so used to America, used to the traffic in L.A., and I don’t really feel it click with the Korean culture. But obviously I have a Korean face, and I feel like that’s just — you know, I can’t walk around people like I’m, like, straight-up American. It’s like, I’m Korean American. My parents are from Korea,” Kim recently told the Washington Post.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Boran Yun Kim & Jong Jin Kim Are From South Korea & Met in Switzerland
Kim’s father Jong Jin moved to the United States with his wife, Chloe’s mom, Boran Yun, in 1982. The two had met in Switzerland years prior when they were both working for travel agencies. The two settled down in Southern California and built a life together.
Jong Jin studied engineering (and got his degree), while Boran Yun cared for the couple’s three daughters.
Each year, Chloe would travel to Korea to spend time with her family. She hangs out with her cousins and has gotten to experience the culture first hand.
“It’s cool. I feel like I have another life,” she told the Washington Post.
The Kims are overjoyed to watch their daughter compete in this year’s Winter Games, particularly because of the location.
“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. 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,” Kim told People Magazine in the fall.
“I think my family are just so excited My grandma is in Korea. I have two aunts and three cousins in Korea as well,” Chloe Kim told CNN.
2. Jong Jin Kim Taught Her How to Snowboard & Quit His Job as an Engineer to Travel the World With Her
Jong Jin Kim has been a driving force behind his daughter’s incredible talent. He taught her to snowboard when she was quite young.
“He actually dragged me to the mountain when I was 4 to bribe my mom to come snowboard with him, so it really wasn’t voluntary on my part. But I’m actually really glad he did that. And I’m really glad he just kept bringing me to the mountain,” Kim told USA Today Sports.
Jong Jin Kim worked as an engineer for several years, but he eventually decided to quit …read more