LA Sports Awards: Olympic Champion Chloe Kim Named 2018 Sportswoman of the Year
LOS ANGELES (January 11, 2019) — Olympic gold medal snowboarder and L.A.-
native Chloe Kim has been selected 2018 Sportswoman of the Year by the Los
Angeles Sports Council.
She will be honored at the 14th annual LA Sports Awards, to be held on Monday,
March 25 at The Beverly Hilton.
Born in Long Beach and raised in Torrance, Calif., Kim started on a snowboard at 4
years old and cut her teeth on the SoCal slopes at places like Mountain High.
Competing in her first Winter Games last February in Pyeongchang, South Korea —
her parents’ birth country — Kim won the women's halfpipe, and at age 17 became
the youngest female ever to win an Olympic snowboarding medal.
With victory already secured, on her third and final run of the competition Kim dazzled
viewers by successfully landing her signature move — back-to-back 1080-degree
spins, an extremely difficult and dangerous maneuver. It earned her a near-perfect
score of 98.25 points.
Her Olympic triumph landed her on the cover of Sports Illustrated and on the front of
a Kellogg's Corn Flakes cereal box, each considered iconic status for any athlete.
After the Olympics, Kim continued to make history and pave the way for female
snowboarders landing two tricks that have never been landed by a female, “Front
Double 10” and “Front 1260.” She kicked off the 2018-2019 season with back-toback wins at Copper Grand Prix and Dew Tour, the first two competitions of the
The LA Sports Awards are presented annually by the Sports Council to celebrate the
year in sports in the Los Angeles/Orange County area.
The ceremony also will feature the presentation of the Sportsman, Coach, and Sports
Executive of the Year, and a countdown of 2018’s Top Ten moments. The awards
banquet will be televised on Fox Sports West/Prime Ticket (air dates TBA).
Previous Sportswoman of the Year award honorees include Allyson Felix, Gracie Gold,
Candace Parker and Kerri Walsh Jennings
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