"She just popped out of nowhere and started going HUGE in the pipe and landing on all the podiums. Her future is very bright!" - Mark McMorris
"Considering her age, I think we can look forward to some insane halfpipe riding from her in the future!" -Andreas Wiig
While a case can be made that Chloe Kim isn’t old enough to be considered a "woman," SNOWBOARDER has chosen to take a different approach than the International Olympic Committee and USSA Grand Prix series and not let something as arbitrary as age keep her from fulfilling on her promise. Therefore, SNOWBOARDER would be remiss if we didn’t give the most deserving up and coming female snowboarder in the world, if not all-time, her due as our 2015 Women’s Rookie of the Year. When you take into account what Chloe Kim accomplished last season at the age of 13, really no other girl even comes close to being as deserving.
Though she speaks French, Korean and English fluently, the current Overall TTR World Tour Champion is using the halfpipe to make her biggest statement. By blending the big air influence of mentor Kelly Clark with the switch stance style cues of Danny Davis, Chloe Kim is changing the women’s halfpipe conversation with each switch method and overhead spin she lofts. This combination of the tech and aesthetic made Chloe a podium regular in 2014, including a silver at X and a mathematical contender for a trip to represent America in Sochi at the 2014 Olympics. Yet the goofy-footer who started riding at Mountain High a decade ago and learned her fakie finesse as a nine-year-old living in Switzerland, had to postpone her date with destiny simply because of her date of birth. The reprieve her peers received last February ended this past January as Chloe climbed one rung higher in Aspen to win her first of what is likely to be many, many X Games victories. As for the Olympics, considering that Chloe will only be 33 in 2034, she’ll still have five more chances to make up for lost time.