The father of U.S. snowboarding sensation Chloe Kim had a message for reporters after her magnificent Olympic gold honour win on Tuesday.
Pointing to himself, Kim Jong-jin said “American dream” before making out a encourage, according to The Associated Press. A day earlier, the elder Kim told the “Today” been demonstrated that his daughter was his American daydream . It was a sentiment that had moved numerous followers to tears.
The younger Kim, who predominated women’s snowboard halfpipe happening on Tuesday, told reporters after her succes that she “did it for my family.”
“My dad will no doubt relinquished a lot for me and I don’t know if I could do it, if I was in his shoes, ” the 17 -year-old said, according to Reuters. “Leaving your life behind and chasing this nightmare because your teenager is enthusiastic about this sport. I think today I did it for my family and I am so grateful to them.”
Kim’s dad, who emigrated from South Korea to California in 1982, discontinued his engineering errand about a decade ago to support his daughter’s budding snowboarding occupation. Since then, he’s devoted himself to helping her supersede — though he’s downplayed his sacrifices as “normal for all parents.”
When Kim was in middle school, her father would drive her six hours to Mammoth Mountain every weekend so she could train there.
“What would happen is that he would carry me out of berth, ” Kim recalled in a 2016 interrogation. “I would wake up in a brand-new place every time without even knowing what happened.”
When they got to the mountain, Kim’s dad would fasten on his own card and go by her side. “He never knew much about snowboarding, but he did everything he had been able to, ” Tommy Czeschin, a former U.S. Snowboarding coach, told Bleacher Report last-place month.
On Tuesday, Kim’s parents and extended family, including her 75 -year-old grandmother, were there to watch the teenage secure the gold medallion at Phoenix Snow Park in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
“To attend Chloe compete in the Olympics, it’s going to be very exciting and happy, ” her mummy, Boran Kim, told The New York Times in the days leading up to the occasion. “I think it will be the best moment of my whole life.”
Kim’s dad triumphed nerves with a handmade — and laminated — clue that he held up during the course of its daughter’s runnings. Harmonizing to NBC, the posting was given to him by young snowboarders from California’s Mountain High resort, where his daughter used to go and compete.
The elder Kim told NBC that, before Tuesday’s event, he texted his daughter, “Today is the day imugi turns to dragon, ” a reference to a Korean legend.
“She was born in year of dragon, ” he said. “To be a dragon in Korean institution is to wait 1,000 years. Before[ you are] a simple snake, like an anaconda. But they wait about 1,000 times, and then they turn to dragon. Run to the sky, and they make a big dragon with a gold bead. She’s got a gold pearl in her mouth. I texted her this morning that this is the time to be dragon.”
“It turned out pretty well, ” the younger Kim afterwards told NBC. “If I’m a dragon, I’m down.”
Kim told the journalist that her prevail in Pyeongchang was special for their own families, who have done so much “to help me accomplish this dream of mine.”
“So being able to do it here, within their own countries, is amazing, ” she said.