17-Year-Old Chloe Kim Won Olympic Gold And People Are Obsessed With Her Dad’s Handmade Sign

by Ileana Paules-Bronet
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All eyes were on Chloe Kim as she began her first run down the halfpipe during the snowboarding finals of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

The 17-year-old had crushed the preliminary rounds, so she was slated to go last in these finals.

The scores from her competitors began to ramp up. By the time it was Chloe’s turn, she had to beat a score of 85.50 (out of 100). Chloe strapped her board to her feet, and off she went.

Her run was beautiful, and she clinched a 93.75.

Throughout the next two rounds, others continued trying to best Chloe’s score, but to no avail. Before even competing in her third and final run, Chloe had sealed her golden win.

Her family was understandably elated. Her parents, Korean immigrants, have sacrificed a ton for Chloe’s snowboarding career — and it was clearly all worth it! Her dad previously told USA Today that Chloe is living the “American dream.” He could barely contain his excitement as he stood on the sidelines.

Even though Chloe didn’t need to prove anything in the third round of competition, she went full-throttle and pulled off a near-perfect run. Her score? A 98.25.

With her third score coming in even higher than her first, Chloe made a huge statement. She’s not just the best on a lucky run — she truly was the top competitor.

Chloe’s extended Korean family (including her 75-year-old grandmother!) were also there to watch her win, making the moment even more special for the talented teen.

Watch the video below to see how Chloe dealt with the pressures of the competition.

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Photos: Instagram 1, 2 / nbcolympics

CORRECTION: February 13, 2018
An earlier version of this story said Chloe’s second score was higher than her first. It was her third score.

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