Olympic gold medalist Chloe Kim goes to Princeton
“Everyone was staring at me, taking pictures” Kim recently told CNN’s Don Riedel. “It was kind of a struggle for me. I just felt like I was never able to be friendly because I felt like everyone is watching me and knows who I was when I didn’t know anyone Was. “
If finding a 19-year-old can be challenging, he is equally ambitious to reach the pinnacle of his game and put it aside to pursue Ivy League education.
Kim says she was delighted to receive her acceptance letter from her “Dream School” and the early mark of fame soon settled into student life.
“I felt it was going to be challenging to make friends because of that,” Kim admitted as she reflected on the transition to Princeton.
“But I met some amazing people honestly. And it’s ridiculous because a lot of my friends at school didn’t know who I was.”
‘The present and future of women’s snowboarding’
“It changed my life drastically,” Kim admitted. “I don’t think I expected to see so many people, know or care so many people; but they did, which was really, really fun for me.
“I hope I will go there and compete and then just come back and return to my normal everyday life. But that was not the case.”
“It’s so funny because I’m walking somewhere and there’s someone there like … ‘Oh gosh, are you that snowboarder?’ Kim says. “I was at the grocery store yesterday and they say, ‘Oh, my God, are you?’
“It’s just fun, you know, because I never expected that snowboarding would do that.”
His biggest fans
When she next visited her parents’ house, Kim found that they had purchased boxes of cereal in bulk.
“I’m pretty sure they bought about 40 of them,” Kim says. “Because they were like, this is the best gift for anyone!”
According to Kim, her parents are her biggest fans.
“My dad gave up a lot,” 20-year-old Kim says. “He came with very little and he sacrificed everything to help me fulfill my dream for him.
“If things didn’t go well, I might not be able to continue snowboarding after 13 years because it was too expensive for us directly because we’re competing like Aspen and Vail, Colorado and Switzerland; like we’re in Redoing all trips and it is expensive.
“My parents put me and everything in my career, I think, and it worked, and I’m so grateful every day.”
‘Never give up’
The support and sacrifice of the parents probably helps explain why Kim is motivated to be the best in everything she does.
“It taught me that if you believe in something, never give up. I was seven years old when I started competing in snowboarding, cheating events and stuff, and the fact that they saw and Believed me and believed that I could be like an Olympian one day is just crazy.
“When I did this at the age of 17, this fact was just and just insanity.
“There were a lot of conflicts along the way,” she said. “There was a lot of pressure. And so I just think, as times get harder, sometimes harder,” [it’s important] Keep moving, keep pushing.
“And they have also taught me, like, when I have kids one day, just to support them whatever they are passionate about because I love snowboarding and then it happened.”
School for snowboarding
Moving on to the Winter Olympics to be held in Beijing next year, student life is on hold as Kim loves the sport recently, having won her fifth X Games title in January.
Her focus is on “snowboarding getting back in shape” and aside from suppressing her craving for sweets, this is a welcome change for anyone, which is quite noticeable.
“I am so happy and grateful that I have been able to come back and compete against all these amazing, talented, hardworking women,” Kim said. “It was good to get out and start competing again.”
Kim admits that this is a demanding schedule in the countdown to the Games and that teaming it with Princeton was not going to help her fulfill her chances of success.
“I got a leave of absence,” he said. “There is no way I can go to school while being a professional snowboarder, especially before the Olympics.
“I plan to go back, but right now, I’m a full-time snowboarder and one day I’ll be back as a full-time student. But, alas, I don’t think I can avoid it.”
Asked whether he thinks the Summer Olympics in Tokyo and the Winter Olympics in Beijing will go ahead, Kim remains positive, having recently emerged from a lockdown to compete in events protected by strict protocols.
“It is everyone’s responsibility to be safe,” she emphasizes. “And I think all athletes, especially in the Olympics, will be very respected and aware.
“They have to be responsible for their actions, and, you know, if anyone gets it, they go home, and I don’t think any athlete wants to risk at the Olympics. You wait four years. do.
“So I really think it will be done very easily, honestly.”
Olympic play book
Kim says this is a small price to pay, the joy of the game and the opportunity for athletes to compete after years of hard work is worth putting in with any additional restrictions.
“I think everyone would be so happy and thankful that the Olympics were able to be held in the first place. So what if people can’t scream or shout or clap or high or five or whatever. So it’s It is possible.
“We are able to compete in the Olympics, we are able to do an Olympics, and I know for a fact that none of those athletes want to wait four years because they can’t hit the high or the five or clap Huh.
“So I think, you know, they are there to compete in the Olympics, to represent their countries and to support each other, and if you have to do that, that’s fine. You would have loved Are. Going through everyone. It “