Shortly after winning gold in the Olympic halfpipe, Chloe Kim was ushered into a tent at the bottom of the hill to face a clutch of international reporters.
The 5-foot-3 Southern California snowboarder had delivered a stunning performance, doing tricks no other woman in her sport could do, but that wasn’t the only reason she has become the breakout star of the 2018 Winter Games.
When a reporter asked a question in Korean, the 17-year-old quickly waved off the interpreter, saying: “I’ve got that.”
Kim is a first-generation Korean American, the daughter of immigrants who settled in the greater Los Angeles area. She speaks both languages and, throughout her life, has made visits to family in this country.