Korean-American teen Chloe Kim realized her immigrant father's “American dream” by winning gold at the Pyeongchang Winter Games.
Young Kim managed to take the top prize in the women's snowboard halfpipe category at the Winter Olympics at 17-years-old, following three stunning runs.
“I am a little overwhelmed,” said Kim. “This whole experience has been insane. You hear so much about the Olympics but actually being a part of it is a completely different story. I am so fortunate to be able to go through it.
“I knew if I went home with the gold medal knowing I could do better I wasn’t going to be very satisfied,” she added. “I did put down a really good run (in the first run) but I was like – ‘I can do better than that.’
The senior Kim, Jong Jin Kim, was outfitted with a sign which read “Go, Chloe.” He enthusiastically supported the teenage with cheers of “American dream!” while pointing to himself.
“When I came to the United States, this was my American hope. Now, this is my American dream. We all worked so hard. I can take a break now,” Jong Jin said in Korean.
“We worked so hard. Now she’s going to go to college. She’s a student, and she’s got to go study hard. Snowboarding is what you do when you’re young.”
Kim also posted to social media between her runs.
The teen ignited the crowd with a final-run performance which included back-to-back 1080s – a move that has only been completed by the teen and double gold medallist Shaun White. When Kim landed the trick the crowd went into a frenzy, with chants of “U-S-A!”
“I just want her to study hard. She’s got to go have a good experience in college. I just hope she lives as a happy girl,” Jong Jin added.
Kim is the first woman to land the trick at the Winter Olympics, scoring a huge 98.25 – eight points clear of the silver medal spot.
“She can do what she wants to do. We’ve been so close for so long, now I can take a break.”