Father says ‘American dream’ after daughter’s gold in halfpipe

“Kim Jong-jin, father of new Olympic champion snowboarder Chloe Kim, said Tuesday it was a dream come true when his daughter claimed the gold medal in the women’s halfpipe at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics,” according to the Korea Herald.

“It was an American dream.

‘I’ve dreamed about this,’ said Kim, speaking after his daughter’s gold medal run. ‘My dream came true. American dream.’

“Kim immigrated to the United States in 1982. His support and devotion to Chloe were so famous that it was even made into a television advertisement and was aired during Super Bowl broadcast”

“Kim said it was very special to watch his daughter winning an Olympic gold medal in Korea, the country where he was born.

“Her blood is 100 percent Korean even though she was born in the US, and was educated in the US, but blood is blood,’ he said. ‘Not many people have this kind of opportunity. Everybody has your origin. So it’s very special.’

“Before Chloe made history with her gold — becoming the youngest American to win an Olympic snowboard event, Kim texted her that it’s time to be a dragon. Chloe was born in the year of dragon according to the Chinese zodiac.

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Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

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