Princeton and paparazzi: The new life of Chloe Kim

The snowboarder's life has taken a dramatic shift post-PyeongChang

By Sven Busch

Chloe Kim can finally exhale. A lot has changed since her epic halfpipe gold at PyeongChang 2018. She is no longer just an extremely talented snowboarder with an authentic and charismatic personality. The 17-year-old is a big deal now, hanging with Hollywood hotshots.

It's just the beginning

The non-stop tour of media interviews, sponsor obligations and other requests has taken up most of her time since the Games.

She'd better get used to it.

This is what happens to global superstars with crossover fame and Instagram-personality. The demands don't stop. This is just the beginning.

In a class of her own

The 17-year-old American is adjusting to life in the limelight.

She hasn't counted the exact number of interviews since the Olympics but reckons there must have been well over 600. And Chloe has got quite good at it.

"I can definitely have a 17-year-old answer, and I can have a 35-year-old answer"

Everything she does or says seems to be of public interest. Her announcement that she’s been accepted into Princeton made headlines nationwide and even outside the US.

The acceptance in this prestigious Ivy League university comes after Chloe gracing the cover of a Corn Flakes box and having a Barbie doll fashioned after her. Not to forget being mentioned in Frances McDormand's speech at the Oscars.

But guess what's her favourite part about being a household name? The free food.

After Kim's 'hangry'-tweet between runs at the Olympics, a number of companies jumped on the bandwagon and offered her all sorts of free food.

"I got so many churros sent to my house," she said to ABC news. "It's like everyone's just giving me food."

Life in the fame lane

And there is another thing Chloe Kim has taken away from the Games, she admitted to ESPN.

"Got a better understanding of who I was."

But what is the price for all that fame? Is there a downside?

"Some of it does kind of suck. One person screams your name, people come running at you and you can't go where you want," Kim revealed. "But at the same time, you get to make those people happy, listen to their stories. I think that's important. You meet really rad people who love what you do and have the same passion as you."

There are the paparazzi waiting for her in unexpected places, or nasty messages she is receiving on social media.

And there are the people staring at her while she is eating.

"I can still go to a restaurant, you just turn a lot more heads. But I hate it when people watch me eat. I literally eat like a lizard."

Despite these drawbacks the perks clearly outweigh the negatives.

Olympic glory has given Chloe Kim a voice and she is thankful for it.

Her words have a huge impact now.