Kim’s dad introduced her to snowboarding when she was 4 years old. She’s had her eyes on the Olympics since she started competing. So when she had the opportunity to go in 2018, Kim knew she had to give it her all. “I always want to push myself and see what I can do. I love surprising myself and other people, so I think [snowboarding is] a perfect fit,”
Kim says that the support of her family is key to her success. Her parents emigrated to the U.S. from South Korea in the 1980s. She speaks Korean fluently and visits family there every year. “Thinking about how hard I’ve worked and all the sacrifices my family has made to get me to this point really drives me,” she says.
Next up for Kim is the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China, when she’ll be 21 years old. “I love snowboarding so much,” Kim says.
“I don’t know what I’d do without it.”