An Olympic debut in PyeongChang is an added bonus for Kim since she is a first generation Korean-American who still has family living in South Korea.
Kim will vie for her first-ever gold medal Tuesday in PyeongChang, South Korea, in the snowboard-halfpipe finals.
The American snowboarder said on Twitter Sunday that she was pretty nervous.
Kim is one of the most anticipated athletes here at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, due to her extraordinary performances in worldwide competitions, including her two gold medals at the 2015 Youth Olympic Games. You can really never go wrong with them.
Last February, White talked about Kim and mentioned how he felt when she posted the highest score in qualifying in a halfpipe competition a few years prior.
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They did not find out that the North Koreans were joining them until mid-January, when the rest of the world also heard the news . The two-hour long opening ceremony of the first Winter Olympics in South Korea was held under the slogan, "Passion, Connected".
It was Kim's father, Jong-Jin Kim, who got her started. Veteran Kelly Clark pioneered the 1080, which is three full rotations, five years earlier. The 13-year-old Kim won silver in the X Games and had the scores to qualify for Sochi had she been old enough.
As a result, many people lamented the idea that the Olympics would go on without her. Kim admits that she, too, was disappointed at the time. And as she heads to her first Olympics, to have gratitude for all the hard-earned lessons they've had together in snowboarding. "It's because I want her to learn French". Now four others have, including their American teammates Arielle Gold and Maddie Mastro. It was too close for comfort for the three-time Olympic medalist. "It still takes everything I have and requires all of me to be my best. And I'm really glad he just kept bringing me to the mountain".
"I want my ice cream!" screamed Kim after an acrobatic second run greeted with oohs and aahs by a packed crowd.
That love of snowboarding has been what's allowed her to progress, Kim said. "I'm so thankful that the condition has been unbelievable".
They began to see the dividends in 2014.