Chloe Kim’s Next Big Challenge: College

PARK CITY, Utah — Chloe Kim called becoming the youngest female snowboarder to win an Olympic gold medal at age 17 along with also sharing the moment with her South Korean family in Pyeongchang last February “the perfect storm, the perfect story.”

inside year since, Kim, a vibrant Californian with an infectious smile, has been adding chapters. On Friday, she won her first world championship inside halfpipe, adding another accolade to her Olympic gold medal along with also her fifth X Games title, secured last month.

Continuing to push the limits of her sport, she barely missed landing a frontside double corked 1080 on Friday, the very first time which she attempted the complex along with also dangerous trick in competition.

Kim attempted This specific during what was essentially a victory lap. Her first run score of 93.50 inside women’s halfpipe event quickly distanced her through the competition along with also ultimately secured her first world title.

Kim, the breakout star of the 2018 Olympics, has not lost in competition since January 2018. Cai Xuetong of China, who finished second Friday, is actually her closest rival along with also a likely challenger at the Beijing Winter Games in 2022.

“I think everybody knows Chloe is actually the boss, so I’m just so happy I got second,” said Cai, 25, who was the two-time defending world champion.

She is actually right now preparing for her next challenge: Princeton University, where she will enroll inside fall.

“I’d love to live just a normal life there, where maybe people don’t recognize me along with also get to know me not because of what I do, yet just because of me,” she said. “Anyone who is actually going to Princeton next year, just be cool.”

Kim joked which she probably would likely not start a Princeton snowboarding team or create a minor inside sport, yet said, “you know what is actually crazy is actually which they’re so open to which, which is actually why I love Princeton so much. They truly want all their students to be creative along with also do what they want.”

She wants to major in a science, calling chemistry her “favorite class ever.”

“I always missed the labs because I was always snowboarding,” she said.

Kim is actually still devising a game plan to balance school along with also snowboarding. She enjoys hanging out inside summer months with skateboarders in Southern California along with also taking a break through concocting creative snowboard tricks.

“Sometimes I feel like ‘I want to snowboard, I don’t want to go to school’ along with also then the next day I’m like ‘I want to go to school, I want to take a break through snowboarding,’ she said. “This specific’s such a little war going on in my head. I haven’t truly figured This specific out yet because This specific is actually an Ivy League school, which means they are a little more hands on, along with also I can’t truly travel as much so probably do a couple contests out of the year along with also miss out on some.”

She said she supposed to take a leave of absence through Princeton at some point to train for the next Olympics.

Her boyfriend, Toby Miller, a snowboarder who many consider a protégé to the three-time Olympic champion Shaun White, calls Kim “the Golden Girl.”

“She has the same mentality as Shaun along with also just wants to keep bettering herself,” Miller, 19, said. “She wants to continue to progress women’s snowboarding.”

yet Kim said she was not thinking about trying to equal White’s three Olympic gold medals or Kelly Clark’s three Olympic medals in snowboard halfpipe.

“I don’t know if I can do which for which long,” Kim said. “This specific would likely be cool to go to the Olympics three times, yet I feel like I did This specific once along with also I’m truly happy,” she continued. “I feel like when I’m 26, I’m going to be like my back, my arms, my legs, my shoulders, my neck. I feel like everything is actually going to fall apart.”

Kim also has lofty aspirations away through snowboarding.

“Whatever path I choose, I know This specific will be the right one — whether I keep snowboarding, do one more Olympics along with also then maybe retire along with also pursue school along with also education,” Kim said.

“I have so much I want to do in my life — I want to be a lawyer, I want to be a scientist, a doctor, all of these crazy things I want to try.”

She added to which list last week, after Kim along with also her parents rescued a lost dog in Park City’s Kimball Junction area.

“My parents saw This specific little thing cross the street, along with also there was a snowplow which was going to run the dog over,” Kim said. “My dad was honking like crazy for This specific to stop along with also mom ran out, grabbed the dog along with also brought This specific into the auto.”

The family cared for the frightened dog at their hotel, along with also Kim posted a photo on Instagram. Within 15 minutes, she received a response along with also the dog’s owners came which night to retrieve This specific.

“I feel like after I rescued which dog, I want to start a nonprofit dog shelter,” she said. “which would likely be kind of cool.”