Chloe Kim is no doubt one of the breakout athletes from the Winter Olympics. The 17-year-old U.S. Olympian took home the gold medal for the women’s halfpipe competition.
Her near perfect gold medal run, earning her a 98.25, set her well above China’s Liu Jiayu who took the silver.
— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) February 13, 2018
There are a lot of things that have to go into achieving a near perfect gold medal run. Practice and rigorously training is one. Having a support system to drive you to practice, competitions and then cheer for you.
We all know Chloe’s support system, her parents are her biggest fans. Her father, Kim Jong Jim quit his job to fully support Chloe’s dream of being the best snowboarder.
Before she went on to win the gold her dad texted her telling that today she would turn into a full-fledged dragon, the Chinese animal representing the year she was born. Kim’s mom and dad would call her “Ipugi” growing up which means “baby girl dragon” in Korean. Her dad, mom, two sister’s, an aunt and her grandma who has never seen her snowboard were all there during her Olympic run.
I hate crying but I'll give myself a pass for this one. Thank you everyone for the love! Stoked to bring home the gold pic.twitter.com/vxApf1lxbI
— Chloe Kim (@ChloeKim) February 13, 2018
But the mental state and confidence when competing are huge factors. To get Kim in her gold-winning headspace she listens to certain songs.
According to ESPN, on her first run, which kept her in the lead the entire competition until she beat her own score, she listened to Lady Gaga‘s “Paparazzi.” Her second run down the hill she can’t remember what she listened to. But she should for sure skip that song from now on, she fell trying to land back to back 1080s.
On her third Olympic gold run, Kim listened to Migos, Cardi B and Nicki Minaj‘s song “MotorSport.”
Fans noticed that the Philadelphia Eagles were also listening to “MotoSport” before the SuperBowl when they upset the Patriots back-to-back rings. I’m not saying “MotorSport” will bring you good luck, but it wouldn’t hurt to listen to it before a big moment.