By Todd Kortemeier | Dec. 07, 2018, 12:10 p.m. (ET)

Chloe Kim celebrates at the Winter Olympic Games PyeongChang 2018 on Feb. 13, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea.

 

When Chloe Kim was 8, she met her hero, Olympic gold medalist and fellow snowboarder Kelly Clark.

The meeting fittingly took place on the slopes, in line for the chairlift, when Kim gently tugged on her idol’s jacket and asked, “Are you Kelly Clark?”

Now an Olympic gold medalist herself, Kim certainly plays that role of hero to young snowboarders today. That is why the 19-year-old was named to TIME Magazine’s list of the 25 most influential teens of 2018.

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Kim was expected to compete for the top prize at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, but went above and beyond those expectations with a historic run that included back-to-back 1080s. Kim became the youngest female snowboarder to win Olympic gold. 

Her’s dominant 2018 contained even more achievements, including winning three ESPY Awards in July, including for Best Female Athlete. Then in October, she became the first woman to land a frontside double cork 1080 while in training in Switzerland. As if she’s not busy enough, she also got accepted to Princeton.

This is not Kim’s first time being honored by TIME. She was also on the magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people of 2018 earlier this year. 

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.