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Olympic gold medalist Chloe Kim goes to Princeton

February 18, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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TOPSHOT - USA's gold medallist Chloe Kim poses on the podium during the medal ceremony for the snowboard women's Halfpipe at the Pyeongchang Medals Plaza during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang on February 13, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP via Getty Images)

The first day in a new school or job is never easy, especially trying to navigate those awkward meet and greets as you get to know potential new friends.

For snowboarder Chloe Kim, it made starting life at Princeton a very different challenge from the frontside 1080 she pulled on the halfpipe at the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang.

At the 2018 Olympics some commentators described the then 17-year-old Kim as "the present and future of women's snowboarding. " She subsequently discovered that when you are front and center of that type of media exposure it can lead to some interesting encounters.

'Oh my gosh, are you that snowboarder?' says Kim.

I was like seven years old when I started competing in snowboarding, rookie events and stuff, and the fact that they saw that and believed in me and believed that I could become like an Olympian one day is just insane.

Looking ahead to the Winter Olympics in Beijing next year, student life is on hold as Kim recently returned to the sport she loves, winning her fifth X Games title in January.

"I'm so, so happy and grateful that I've been able to come back and compete again against all of these amazing, talented, hardworking women," said Kim.

"There's no way I can handle going to school while being a professional snowboarder, especially before the Olympics.

Asked whether she believes the Summer Olympics in Tokyo and the Winter Olympics in Beijing will go ahead, Kim is staying positive, having emerged from lockdown to compete in recent events made safe by strict protocols.

It's a small price to pay, says Kim, as the joy of the games and the opportunity for athletes to compete after years of hard work is worth putting up with any extra restrictions.

"We're able to compete at the Olympics, we're able to have an Olympics, and I know for a fact that none of those athletes want to wait another four years just because they couldn't high five or clap or whatever.

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