Speaking , teen snowboarding sensation Chloe Kim kept it modest: "I'm just having fun," she explained of her record-breaking career on the slopes, adding that she'd simply "see what happens" at the Games.
Well, what happened is that she kicked ass! Wearing the #1 jersey as if it were always meant to be, Chloe blew away her competition in the women's half-pipe, with two of her three runs topping the 90-point mark — a level none of her fellow boarders reached. Chloe proved to be so much in a league of her own that she didn't even need her final run to land the goal, but she went for it anyway ... and scored 98.25 points.
Chloe is the youngest female U.S. athlete to land an Olympic gold medal for snowboarding, following , who won out in the men's slope-style event over the weekend. As she took to the podium, Chloe's teary/excited faces were also just perfect:
But it was really her family, specifically her dad, who made us cry.
Chloe's dad Jong Jin "American Dream!" as his daughter won the gold. Jong immigrated with his wife from South Korea to America, and bonded with his daughter over snowboarding. He full-time once her career took off. "I just dreamed it this way. Not really dreamed, but it was my hope," Jong sad. "The dream came true. The American dream!"