“I Was Only 13”: US Snowboarder Chloe Kim Reveals She Was Not Allowed to Go to the Olympics Despite Qualifying

Published 01/06/2022, 1:00 PM EST

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While one snowboarder is reaching the end of his career, another one has risen like a phoenix. Shaun White looks set to retire from the Winter Olympics as he talked about the Beijing Winter Olympics being his last appearance on the grand stage. However, as one legend bows out, another is in the making. As Chloe Kim makes her way to the top, she is the favorite to win the snowboarding competition in Beijing.

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At 17, she is the youngest half-pipe snowboarding champion in the world. However, she revealed she could have achieved this feat while even younger. In an interview with Kevin Hart, Kim talked about not being able to compete in Russia in 2014.

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Chloe Kim- A marvelous talent

Putting her talents on display in Beijing, Kim is once again the favorite to win the competition. Kim began snowboarding at 4, and dazzled her way to her first Olympic Games at Pyeongchang. She scored 93.75 in her first run, which was enough for her to win the gold medal. A 1080 trick helped her to achieve a great score. Remarkably, she landed two 1080 tricks in her final round that took her score to a staggering 98.25. Now 17, she revealed how she could have made it to the Olympics at 13 itself, had she taken part in Russia.

“The Olympics. I think I wanted to go to when I was like six. And then when I was 13 I qualified for Sochi. But I was too young as you had to be 15 and I was only 13,” said Kim.

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Not able to take part in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, she took part in the 2014 Winter X Games and won the silver medal. Her records are unbelievable. She is the first woman to win World, Olympic, Youth Olympic, and X Games championship medals in the half-pipe event. The 2022 Winter Olympics is once again the stage for her to further establish her legacy and be named amongst some of the greatest snowboarders of all time.

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Kim’s on fire in the snow

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During the Dew Tour of the Olympic qualifications, she scored 96.00 points in her rounds. She performed a perfect third run to get the victory. The talented snowboarder talked about the pressures leading to her last run and hopes to perform better in the future.

“That was so stressful. I hate when I’m in that situation when it comes to the third and final run. Just putting myself in those high-stress situations, especially with the Olympics coming up is pretty important. So, happy I was able to pull through,” said Kim.

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Thus, the 21-year-old is the favorite to win yet another Winter Olympics half-pipe gold medal. Can she do it again?

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