Quotes of The Day promoted CLOSE
The best road to progress is freedom's road - John F. Kennedy
Continue to site >>
US Chloe Kim pays tribute to her free spirit dad
Reddit
US Chloe Kim pays tribute to her free spirit dad

Golden girl Chloe Kim paid tribute to her father Jong today and then joked about how her fame is affecting him too.

The newly crowned women's halfpipe gold medal winner said: ‘My dad's always like, “Chloe, I'm a celebrity now, I need a bodyguard”.

‘My dad always likes a couple of beers, a couple of cold ones with the boys.

‘He was actually just drinking the beer while walking with me and my publicist was like “You can't do that Jong put that down”, and he's like, "Why? I can have a beer, I'm 52". So he's a free spirit.’

Jong certainly deserves a celebratory drink after the years he's dedicated to making his youngest daughter a snowboarding star - a fulfillment of his American dream. 

Scroll down for video 

Golden girl Chloe Kim paid tribute to her father Jong (pictured together) today and then joked about how her fame is affecting him too

Golden girl Chloe Kim paid tribute to her father Jong (pictured together) today and then joked about how her fame is affecting him too

Her biggest fan! Jong was pictured in the crowd with a big 'Go Chloe!' sign while she competed for a gold medal in Pyeongyang

Her biggest fan! Jong was pictured in the crowd with a big 'Go Chloe!' sign while she competed for a gold medal in Pyeongyang

Among the others cheering Chloe on on Monday was her 75-year-old grandmother, Moon Jung Ae, far right 

Among the others cheering Chloe on on Monday was her 75-year-old grandmother, Moon Jung Ae, far right 

The newly crowned women's halfpipe gold medallist said: ‘My dad's always like, “Chloe, I'm a celebrity now, I need a bodyguard”. ‘My dad always likes a couple of beers, a couple of cold ones with the boys

The newly crowned women's halfpipe gold medallist said: ‘My dad's always like, “Chloe, I'm a celebrity now, I need a bodyguard”. ‘My dad always likes a couple of beers, a couple of cold ones with the boys

Jong first came to the U.S. in 1982, with just $800 and a Korean-American dictionary. He worked several minimum wage jobs at first, saving up enough money to eventually complete an engineering degree at California State University, Long Beach. 

After divorcing from his first wife, the mother of his two eldest daughters, Jong moved to Switzerland for a time where he started a travel agency for Koreans. It was there that he met Chloe's mother, Boran Yun, who was in the country for business. The couple moved back to California in 1998, and Chloe was born two years later, on Easter Sunday.

Chloe and her father learned to snowboard together, taking their first trip to Mountain High, a small ski resort about two hours northeast of their home in Torrance, California, when Chloe was just four years old.

Jong was interested in the sport, and thought he could convince his wife to learn if he got Chloe to come along.

That plan didn't pan out but Chloe certainly took to the snow, and quickly started surpassing her father in skill. 

'When she was five she was already better than me,' Jong said with a laugh in an interview with NBC ahead of the Olympics. 

'He was still falling off the chairlift and I was cruising by him,' Chloe added.  

more videos 1 2 3