At just 16 years old, Chloe Kim, a first-generation Korean American and LA local, is the youngest member of the U.S. Snowboard Pro team. With the industry calling her a teen prodigy and the future of women’s snowboarding, Chloe won her second-consecutive X Games gold at Aspen 2016, becoming only the second woman to land a 1080. She made history again the following week at the Park City Grand Prix as the first woman to land back-to-back 1080s, scoring a perfect 100. Having earned her first X Games medal at age 13, she is the only X Games athlete ever to win two golds before the age of 16. This year, Chloe turned 16 and celebrated her milestone birthday by singing a multi-year partnership with Toyota as the newest addition to the elite group of athletes sponsored by the world’s largest automaker. In the winter action sports discipline, she joins the ranks of fellow iconic riders Amy Purdy, Elena Hight, Louie Vito and Travis Rice as Team Toyota.If that isn’t reason enough to be excited about the future, Chloe was named one of Time Magazine’s “30 Most Influential Teens of 2015” and NBC’s Top 10 athletes to watch for the 2018 Winter Games. Here, this athletic prodigy shares her haute secrets to the City of Angels.
Where were you born: Long Beach, California
How long have you lived in LA: 16 years
Neighborhood: I’m living in Torrance right now
Occupation: Pro Snowboarder
Favorite restaurant: Bouchon Bistro
Best place for Sushi: Sushi Gen
Best Italian: Botegga Louie
Best dessert: Crème Caramel LA
Best place for a Friday night hangout with friends: The Grove
Best Sunday brunch: The Rose
Favorite shopping venue / boutique: South Coast Plaza or Del Amo Fashion Center
Favorite place to buy jewelry/watches: Pandora or Tiffany
Best Pizza: Pizza Studio
Best Gym or Athletic Facility: 24 Hour Fitness is so convenient, and there’s one near my home
Best Spa: Burke Williams
Best Limousine/Driving Service: I just got my license (and was surprised with a RAV4 for my birthday), so right now I’m into driving myself.
Describe your city in three words: Fun. New. Different!
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore: Hollywood Bowl
All-around favorite spot in Los Angeles: The Grove
Best aspect of Los Angeles: Having beaches everywhere, and living in a big city with unlimited shopping options and different things to do
Connect with Chloe on socials!
Twitter: @chloekimsnow I @TeamToyota