Teenage star Chloe Kim shines in halfpipe qualifying in PyeongChang

Chloe Kim has plenty of pressure on her in PyeongChang

Her favorite flavor: vanilla Swiss almond. And I'm just at a time where I didn't really want to worry about that. "She wasn't getting out or anything, but at that age, to be able to have the courage, in this pipe that's so much bigger than you, to really try to get up and out of the top of the pipe is pretty impressive for a little kid".

Even though his daughter is considered the top freestyle snowboarder in the world, Kim Jong-jin, father of USA athlete Chloe Kim, said Monday that watching his daughter's performance at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics was nerve-wracking. We're like, oh, is she like a Korean rider?

Jong bought his daughter, 4 years old at the time, a snowboard on eBay and off she went. "You want to walk away having put down your best runs when it counts, and today I was unable to do that". But at 13, she was too young to go. She remains the only woman to successfully execute that combo.

The season she won her first X Games medal, Kim met the qualification criteria for Sochi.

Kim went on to win gold three times in the X Games between 2015-16, beating out the woman she looked up to - and still does - Kelly Clark, a three-time Olympic medalist.

Chloe Kim in action en route to first place finish in the ladies' FIS Snowboard World Cup at the 2016 U.S Snowboarding Park City Grand Prix on February 6, 2016 in Park City, Utah.

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"There are lots of great athletes in this event", said Liu, who is competing in her third Olympics.

Kim has been working on them throughout the season, and whether she attempts them in Pyeongchang will depend on the quality of the halfpipe. But now I kind of know, I've kind of been through it all. As such a young snowboarder, Kim's Olympic future is bright, even looking beyond PyeongChang. And she rides longer than anyone. Now four others have, including their American teammates Arielle Gold and Maddie Mastro. Her dad has made sure she's still involved in as many senior activities as possible, Jayne said, as she finds a balance between work and play.

"I started asking myself 'What would actually make a difference?' What I can I pour my efforts into that would outlast my ability to perform".

In the meantime, Kim will graduate with her class at Mammoth High School in June.

Now she sees it as a blessing in disguise. Competitive snowboarding is a young person's sport, Jong Jin tells her, and getting an education is important. At the time, Kim was just 12 or 13 years old.

They began to see the dividends in 2014.

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