The newest gold medalist, Chloe Kim, is only 17 years old and she is making headlines everywhere but there is another unexpected person who is sharing her sudden spotlight. The US Olympic snowboarder claimed one of the first gold medals for Team USA and while she was competing, all eyes were on her immigrant father in the crowd who held up a sign the entire time which caught everyone’s attention. Chloe herself is a Korean American, but her father wasn’t always a citizen and had an unexpected message he shared with the world from a poster he made sure everyone saw while he was watching his daughter compete in South Korea, not far from where he’s originally from.
Chloe’s biggest supporter and her biggest fan has been by her side all along and she is making sure he gets the recognition he deserves.
Jong Jin immigrated to America from South Korea back in 1982 because he wanted to achieve the “American Dream” and he is proving that he has done that. He immigrated to America the legal way, following all of America’s rules and processes of becoming a legal citizen. Jong has been a dedicated father and has supported Chloe through her entire with her snowboarding career even leaving behind a successful career to help his daughter achieve her goals.
People everywhere are going crazy by their story.
According to Buzz Feed, The California native is only 17 years old, making her the youngest female snowboarder to win an Olympic medal.
Among her supporters was her dad, who was present with a homemade “Go Chloe!” sign.
Kim’s dad, Jong Jin, immigrated to the US from South Korea in 1982 and quit his engineering job so he could support her snowboarding pursuits.
He would drive her six hours every weekend to train and was also the one who taught her to snowboard when she was 4 years old.
In an interview with the Today show’s Hoda Kotb yesterday, Jong Jin called Chloe his “American dream.”
Jong Jin’s dedication to his daughter has made people seriously emotional.
People were crying at just how proud he was of her gold medal win.
They called it the ultimate immigrant story.
And it struck a chord with a lot of second-generation immigrants.
According to E! Online, For those who missed out on NBC’s prime-time coverage of the games Monday evening, Team USA member Chloe Kim picked up a major win that deserves plenty of recognition.
While appearing in the women’s halfpipe, Chloe exceeded expectations and earned the biggest score of the competition with a near-perfect 98.25 total.
The tally earned the Southern California native resident a gold medal. And yes, the 17-year-old made history by becoming the youngest woman to medal in snowboarding.
“I worked so hard to get to this point and just coming here and being able to land was my main goal,” Chloe shared with NBC Sports after her big win. “I was so happy I could do it and take home the gold.”
She added, “My family has sacrificed so much for me and accomplish this dream of mine. Being able to do that in their home country is amazing.”
Talk about dedication and love! This is exactly the kind of parenting that much of society could really benefit from. It’s by his example that his daughter is such a hard worker and focused on a goal. It wasn’t easy for him to come to America and wait and work hard to become a citizen, but he did it for his family and he did it legally. Chloe saw this and perhaps without realizing it, learned from it. There are no shortcuts in life, as she’s proven with her own dedication to her goal of winning a gold medal. Had her father cheated the system, she would have learned a different way to live, but instead, her dad raised a champion by being a hero himself.