Chloe Kim, Adam Rippon And Kevin Durant Named To TIME’s 100 Most Influential

By Todd Kortemeier | April 19, 2018, 7:29 p.m. (ET)
(L-R) Chloe Kim, Kevin Durant and Adam Rippon were named to the TIME 100 on April 19, 2018.

 

While they represent just 3 percent of TIME’s annual list of the world’s 100 most influential people, Chloe Kim, Adam Rippon and Kevin Durant showed the best of what Team USA has to offer, on or off the slopes, ice and court.

The three Olympians were named to the TIME 100 on Thursday in the company of presidents, civil rights activists and much more. While none have brokered deals for world peace, each has done their part to make the world a little bit better place.

Winning a gold medal doesn’t hurt, either.

Kim took the world by storm in halfpipe snowboarding at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. The 17-year-old (18 on Monday) was the class of the field in winning the gold. But the Games were doubly special for the Korean-American Kim, as she got to win her first Olympic medal in the country of her parents’ birth and where she still has family.

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Rippon came into PyeongChang without heavy medal expectations, but ended up being one of the stars of the Games. His strong performance in the team figure skating event helped Team USA win bronze, and he also finished in the top 10 of the men’s singles event. But Rippon’s personality and sense of humor also won him many fans. As one of the first two openly gay men to compete for Team USA at the Winter Olympics, Rippon spoke his mind about gay rights and wasn’t afraid to show the world who he was.

A two-time Olympic gold medalist as a member of the U.S. men’s basketball team, Durant is also known for his achievements off the court. He has committed millions of dollars to help disadvantaged kids not only achieve their basketball dreams, but one day go to college and receive a higher education.

On TIME’s list, Kim was categorized as a pioneer, Rippon an icon and Durant a titan. Their entries were authored by Momofuku restaurant founder David Chang, singer/actor Cher and Apple senior vice president Eddy Cue, respectively.

Members of Team USA in the 2017 TIME 100 were gymnast Simone Biles and basketball player LeBron James.

Todd Kortemeier is a sportswriter, editor and children’s book author from Minneapolis. He is a contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.