The 2018 Olympics have us wondering one thing — who is Chloe Kim’s dad? Unless you’ve been hiding out in a cave that doesn’t have access to WiFi, chances are that you know who Chloe Kim is and that the 17-year-old snowboarding phenom just won gold in PyeongChang. But what you might not know is who that silver fox with the adorable handmade “Go Chloe” sign is. Well, here’s what you need to know about Chloe Kim’s super-proud papa!
Jong Jin Kim is living the American dream. Seriously. He emigrated from South Korea to the U.S. in 1982. Like many immigrants, he came to this country with very little — reportedly only $800 in cash. When the elder Kim first took his daughter snowboarding (she was only 4-years-old!) he could have never imagined that 13 years later he’d be back on his home turf watching a teenage Chloe win the gold. According to the younger Kim, in an interview with People, “He took me there to bribe my mom to come snowboarding with him so I was like the bait.”
As Chloe’s talents clearly grew, her totally devoted dad drove her six hours to Mammoth Mountain every weekend to hone her snowboarding skills. She’s, now kind of famously, recounted memories of her dad carrying her out of bed and putting her in the car for the six-hour drive. Awww! What a dad.
And if that’s not enough daddy devotion for you, the elder Kim eventually quit his job as an engineer to focus on Chloe’s career. Maybe it’s the hand-drawn signs, maybe it’s the reports of his encouraging Olympic texts (“Let’s be a dragon today!”) or maybe it’s that he’s every dad cheering for his little girl from the sidelines, but whatever the reason is, we totally think Jong Jin Kim deserves to win the gold in parenting. Oh, and forget about those Hemsworth boys, this adorably devoted dad is kind of our new crush!
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