Chloe Kim was born in Long Beach in the year 2000 and spent most of her young life in nearby Torrance, California. Kim’s parents are first-generation Korean-American immigrants. At the tender age of 4, Chloe Kim’s father began driving his daughter six hours to Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, supporting the young athlete’s interest in the sport of snowboarding (via People). Soon she was competing professionally in high-profile events like the Winter X Games and the U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix, only missing the 2014 Sochi Olympics due to age restrictions, according to U.S. Ski and Snowboard. She did, however, win silver at the 2014 X Games, per ESPN.

Spending several formative grade school years studying in Geneva, Switzerland, Kim is also fluent in both French and Korean, as well as her native language, English, proving her success both in school and on the halfpipe (via the Team USA website). On top of her incredible accomplishments in snowboarding, Kim also recently took a stand against anti-Asian hate crimes and anti-Asian sentiment on social media, of which she is a frequent target. “I used to love responding to my fans, but I don’t look at my messages much anymore. Even if you get thousands of supportive messages, the hateful one will hit you the most,” she told ESPN.