Chloe Kim Wins Best Female Athlete at the 2018 ESPYS
Move over Shaun White, there is a new face of snowboarding for the masses. Chloe Kim took home three ESPYS awards last night and then rapped a Cardi B verse on stage with G-Eazy. Which just begs the question, will Kim ever take her talents to the streets? A full part is probably not in her future, but if Chloe takes her talents to the filming side of snowboarding, “Drip” and “Bodak Yellow” would be pretty solid choices for a soundtrack.
Our sport has enjoyed mainstream success from time-to-time, but it is rare that we see a snowboarder beat out non-action sports athletes on established stages like that of ESPN. In fact, we don’t know if it has ever been done outside of olympic-exclusive categories. Chloe Kim went 3-for-3 on ESPYS nominations/wins last night, and became the first snowboarder to ever win an overall category with her award for Best Female Athlete. Shaun went 2-for-2, but his categories only consisted of olympic athletes. Beating out Sylvia Fowles, Mikaela Shiffrin and Julie Ertz, Chloe topped pro soccer and basketball players before thanking Frances McDormand (check out Frances McDormand calling her out in her Oscar acceptance speech here) and becoming the only snowboarder to walk on stage during the live award ceremony broadcasted last night. Adding to her Time 100 nomination, Sports Illustrated cover, and countless other accolades and appearances, Chloe has gone beyond making a name for herself--and is quickly becoming a brand of her own. Let’s just hope the youtube comments stay civil.