2018 Winter Olympics: Who is Chloe Kim?

Published: Thursday, February 01, 2018 @ 12:14 PM

What You Need To Know About Chloe Kim

Chloe Kim has become one of snowboarding’s most renowned names. The 17-year-won the gold medal at the 2018 Games Feb. 13, making her the youngest female medalist in the halfpipe category.

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She has won back-to-back X Games titles in 2015 and 2016 and two gold medals at the 2016 youth Olympic Games.

Kim qualified mathematically for the U.S. Olympic team in Sochi, but at age 13, was not old enough to compete

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She could become the youngest female snowboarding medalist at the age of 17, but she may be beaten to the record by Hailey Langland, since the slopestyle competition falls one day before half-pipe. 

About Kim 

Kim was born April 23, 2000, in Long Beach, California. She was on a snowboard by the age of 4, but was not thrilled with the sport at first. Kim grew up taking trips to Mammoth with her father, who would drive six hours each way on the weekends. He would form a makeshift bed for Kim in the back seat of their SUV. 

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 13: Chloe Kim attends the Teen Choice Awards 2017 at Galen Center on August 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)(Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

At the age of 6, Kim entered her first competition and won junior nationals the following year. 

South Korea connection 

Kim is a first generation Korean-American. Her parents immigrated to the U.S. in 1998. Kim is fluent in Korean and her mother's side of the family lives in Seoul.

Other interesting facts:
  • Won the season-opening World Cup in New Zealand in 2018
  • Had a year-long streak that started in January 2016 at the X Games and was broken in late January 2017 at the X Games, where she finished third
  • Won gold at the 2018 Euro X Games
  • Became the first female snowboarder to land back-to-back 1080s and scored a perfect 100 to win at the 2016 U.S. Open
  • Won silver at the 2014 X Games at the age of 13

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Mikaela Shiffrin of Team USA wins Olympic gold medal in women's giant slalom

Published: Thursday, February 15, 2018 @ 12:59 AM

What You Need To Know About Mikaela Shiffrin

Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States has won the gold medal in the women's giant slalom at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

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2018 Winter Olympics: Who is Mikaela Shiffrin?

Published: Friday, February 02, 2018 @ 11:09 AM

What You Need To Know About Mikaela Shiffrin

Mikaela Shiffrin, is the youngest-ever Olympic slalom gold medalist. She won when she was 18 at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

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Shiffrin is widely considered to be the next great women’s ski racer. The Eagle-Vail, Colorado, native is dominant in slalom and competitive in giant slalom.

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Other interesting facts:

  • Leads the overall World Cup standings for the 2016-17 season.
  • Considers Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin to be one of her best friends.
  • Following in the footsteps of her parents, Jeff and Eileen Shiffrin, who are former collegiate skiers.

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Olympic baby: Michael Phelps welcomes son

Published: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 @ 10:50 AM

Getting to Know Michael Phelps

He’s not even competing this year, but Michael Phelps is making Olympic headlines.

The record-holding medal-winner announced via Instagram that his family has added another bundle of joy.

Phelp’s wife Nicole gave birth to the couple’s second son, Beckett Richard Phelps, the “Today” show reported.

The Olympian made the announcement via Instagram.

The couple’s first son, Boomer, is 1 and can be seen holding his little brother, USAToday reported. “Boomer” posted to “his” Instagram account too, saying he can’t wait to hold the newborn.

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Phelps is the most decorated Olympian, CNN reportedAccording to Olympics officials, Phelps has been awarded 23 gold, three silver and two bronze medals over his career as an Olympian. He competed in the 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016 Summer Games.

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2018 Winter Olympics: Who is Adam Rippon?

Published: Wednesday, February 07, 2018 @ 2:41 PM

SAN JOSE, CA - JANUARY 07:  Adam Rippon skates in the Smucker's Skating Spectacular during the 2018 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships at the SAP Center on January 7, 2018 in San Jose, California.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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SAN JOSE, CA - JANUARY 07: Adam Rippon skates in the Smucker's Skating Spectacular during the 2018 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships at the SAP Center on January 7, 2018 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)(Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Olympian Adam Rippon has been skating since he was 9 years old. Growing up, Rippon’s mother drove him three hours from Scranton, Pennsylvania, to train in New Jersey every day.

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Ahead of the 2018 Olympics, Rippon reflected on his hometown and his time in the sport.
“The support that I've gotten from people in my hometown has kind of been overwhelming,” he said in an interview. “It’s something I really never expected. I hear from people that I used to go to school with who are now following figure skating and keeping track of my career.”

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Rippon made history as the first openly gay U.S. athlete to compete in the Winter Olympics.

Other interesting facts:
  • Is the oldest of six children
  • Has choreographed skating programs for fellow Team USA athletes Mirai Nagasu, Ashley Wagner and Christina Gao
  • Was born deaf and underwent corrective surgery at Yale University just before his first birthday, allowing him to hear almost perfectly
  • Hobbies include running and hiking

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