USA Gold Medalist Snowboarder's Father Had 2 Words After Her Win: 'American Dream!'

| FEB 13, 2018 | 3:42 PM

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After snowboarder Chloe Kim won the gold medal at the Winter Olympics for the women's halfpipe competition, her father, Jong Jin Kim, pointed to his chest and said, “American dream!”

According to The New York Times, Jong Jin emigrated from South Korea to Southern California in 1982 and worked minimum-wage jobs to save for college.

He enrolled at El Camino College, where he studied engineering during the day and operated machinery at night.

“I’m really lucky to be Korean,” Chloe told The New York Times. “It never felt like a burden to balance two different cultures; it just came naturally.”

The New York Times reported that Chloe first learned to snowboard at age 4, when her father took her on trips to Mountain High.

“We both had no idea what we were doing,” she explained.

She took to the sport, and according to the Associated Press, he eventually quit his job to help his daughter pursue her passion. As she won the gold medal, her family — from both the United States and South Korea — watched from the sidelines.

The AP reported that after his daughter won, Jong Jin pointed to himself and yelled, "American dream!”

This isn't the first time he's referred to his daughter as his “American dream,” either.

“We — an immigrant like me — we always say, ‘the American dream,’“ People reported he said in agreement with ”Today" show host Hoda Kotb about Chloe.

According to the AP, there is a Korean legend that dragons evolve from snake-like figures called Imugi, and the 17-year-old was born during the year of the dragon.

So on the day of the medaling competition, Jong Jin texted his daughter, “Today's the day Imugi turns to dragon.”

The 17-year-old also qualified for the 2014 Sochi Olympics but was too young to compete, and her mom, Boran Kim, told The New York Times watching her daughter compete would be “the best moment of my whole life.”

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