Chloe Kim is America’s relatable sweetheart. It wasn’t her 2018 Olympic gold medal or the fact that she became the youngest female winner in snowboarding history at 17 years old but her overall demeanor that won our hearts. A ball of sunshine with really good hair, Kim became the face of the sport and showed how “like us” a winner can be, tweeting about ice cream and churros between Olympic runs. The whirlwind media circus that followed her win has since quieted down and she spent the last year as a freshman at Princeton University. Now 20 years old, she’s stays relatable. The 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing has not yet been affected by COVID-19, so her training is still on course. In the meantime, she’s spending quarantine at home in Los Angeles with her boyfriend, binge-watching Netflix, and wearing sweatpants. We spoke to Kim about her gig as the face of Roxy (“I’ve always loved Roxy’s stuff”), Asian American representation, and a snowboarder’s hairstyle with a NSFW name. Read on for more.
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How does your style on the mountain translate to your IRL style?I am a big LA girl. I love fashion. I love like picking out fun outfits and really expressing myself through what I wear. I feel like now when I go out, it’s mostly to go get groceries or go run some errands and then I run back into my apartment, to my safe zone. So I’ve definitely been doing a lot of chilling in sweatpants, but I’ll throw on an occasional fit for an Insta pic right outside and then I’ll run back inside. What made you want to partner with Roxy?I grew up idolizing Torah Bright. She was actually one of those athletes that really inspired me to go to the Olympics because I watched her compete in 2006. When I got the opportunity to join the [same] team it honestly is probably one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I’ve been loving Roxy t-shirt dresses lately to wear around the house—they’re so cozy. I’m just trying to be comfy while I binge-watch some Netflix. What are you watching right now?When quarantine first started and we were all really, really scared, we never went outside. So we rewatched Avatar: The Last Airbender. Then we rewatched Stranger Things. I’ve been watching The Blacklist. And right now I’m watching New Girl. To put it in perspective, I’m almost done with season one and I started yesterday. My boyfriend’s taking his midterms right now, so I literally have nothing to do. So…