Her Dad’s Display Of Pride During Her Olympic Gold Medal Win Almost Stole The Show

"I can relate so much!"

Seventeen-year-old Chloe Kim won the gold medal in the women's snowboard halfpipe at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics yesterday. And though the teen's elated reaction was awesome to watch after such an accomplishment (Kim is the youngest-ever gold medalist in the halfpipe event), many eyes were also on another member of the Kim family — Chloe's dad, Jong Jin Kim.


According to Buzzfeed News, Jong Jin — who watched on the sidelines as his daughter earned the near-perfect score that secured her the gold medal — immigrated to the United States from South Korea in 1982 with just $800 in his pocket. ESPN notes he washed dishes and worked as a cashier prior to enrolling in college and studying engineering, but about a decade ago he quit his engineering job in order to support Chloe's passion for snowboarding and was actually the one who first taught her how to snowboard when she was 4 years old.

As Chloe got older and became even more devoted to the sport, it was Jong Jin who homeschooled her and spent a great deal of his time driving her six hours every weekend to train. That's why it's no surprise that the elder Kim was front and center watching his daughter compete on Monday with a laminated "Go Chloe!" sign in hand. 

The gesture is sweet enough to give just about anyone the warm fuzzies, but for children of immigrants, like Chloe, Jong Jin's dedication was especially heartwarming. In an interview with the Today show's Hoda Kotb on February 11, Jong Jin even called Chloe his "American dream."

Take a look at several of the poignant Twitter reactions below:

In an interview with the Boston Globe, Chloe gushed a bit more about her selfless pop. "I can't express how much I love my dad," she explained. "I always get teary-eyed when I talk about him because he's so great."

While the Internet's love for Jong Jin is palpable, it's obvious Chloe's own love for her dad is unmatched. "My dad has definitely sacrificed a lot for me, and I don't know if I could do it, if I was in his shoes," the teenager told NBC News reporters after her win. "I think today I did it for my family, and I am so grateful to them."

We couldn't agree more!


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