American snowboarder Chloe Kim will travel to Seoul and Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea, February 8-10, as a Sports Envoy for the U.S. Department of State. Arriving almost one year to the day in advance of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games, Kim’s visit underscores the United States’ support of the government and people of the Republic of Korea as they prepare to host next year’s Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Kim, a 16-year-old high school student and first-generation Korean-American from La Palma, California, won consecutive gold medals at the 2016 Winter X-Games and the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games. She was named to the TIME 30 Most Influential Teens of 2016 and to the Forbes 30 Under 30, as well as ESPN’s 25 Impact Athletes of 2015.
As a Sports Envoy, she will hold public outreach events in Seoul February 8 and in Pyeongchang February 10. In Seoul, she will meet with Korean university students to talk about the challenges of being a top-tier athlete competing on the world stage. At the Korea National Olympic Training Center, she will meet Korean Olympic athletes. The U.S. Embassy in Seoul will host a dinner in Kim’s honor for select Korean athletes and U.S. business representatives.
In Pyeongchang, she will hold a snowboarding workshop with youth from the surrounding area to share tips and meet local residents on behalf of Team USA. She will also be a special guest of the PyeongChang Olympic Organizing Committee at a model UN event with over 300 high school student participants from across the Republic of Korea.