Snowboarding legend Shaun White is retiring after these Olympics, but another superstar is ready to be the sole face of the sport.
Chloe Kim successfully defended her 2018 gold medal with a score of 94.00 on her first of three medal-round runs — becoming the first woman to win multiple golds in the Olympic snowboard halfpipe.
The 21-year-old has already built an incredible resume, having essentially dominated the pipe for her entire career.
- She holds the highest score in women’s Olympic halfpipe history with a 98.25 final run at the 2018 Games.
- The California native has medaled in all eight of her X Games superpipe appearances since 2014.
- Her six X Games golds are one shy of Kelly Clark’s record.
- At 15, she became the first woman to score a perfect 100 at the 2016 U.S. Grand Prix — the only other snowboarder to do so is White.
Kim’s impact goes far beyond the halfpipe. In 2018, her limited-edition Corn Flakes box sold out in seven hours, and she’s featured in Barbie’s line of dolls commemorating inspiring women in history.
She has yet to break the million-dollar threshold — her estimated net worth is $400,000 — but with sponsorships with brands like Nike, Monster Energy, and Toyota, it won’t take much longer.
Numbers aside, Kim should be the face of the U.S. Winter Olympic team for years to come.