Celebrity snowboarder Chloe Kim’s lightning moves won her Olympic gold on Tuesday, whereas her Twitter name-out for ice cream and admission of ‘hanger’ (offended when hungry) won her thousands of hearts on social media.
“I abhor crying but I crawl to offer myself a crawl for this one,” Kim tweeted to her neat fan infamous after winning gold within the females’s halfpipe. Her dad known as her retract his “American dream”.
The teen’s name change into perhaps the most searched on Naver, South Korea’s largest portal, as many swelled with pride at her performance. Kim’s folks are South Koreans who emigrated to the US in 1982.
However some social media customers within the nation are keenly imagining different lives for the unstoppable 17-one year-primitive Californian, asking could perchance she maintain performed gold if she’d been born in South Korea?
“If she grew up in South Korea, she would be caught on the bus going to academies (hagwon) all day,” one Naver former commented, referring to the nation’s tradition of encouraging long hours of finding out and suggesting she don’t maintain had the different to change into an athlete.
“In the occasion you were born in my nation, you would be doing extra explore at this hour. Envy you, American,” one other wrote.
Some urged completely different careers for Kim, arguing that person creativity is customarily stifled in South Korea.
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“If she grew up in South Korea, she would correct be a current businesswoman,” one consumer urged, whereas one other acknowledged “if she grew up in South Korea, she would be serving at a ski resort restaurant. Never change into Korean. South Korea would bury your abilities devour a gloomy-gap.”
Others were sceptical of why fellow South Koreans were finest pondering about Kim now she’s renowned.
“Now they’re making an strive to associate with these South Korean-Americans who they former to push aside. Why now not correct enhance them?” one wrote.
Yet some other urged that the outpouring of devour change into misguided: “Please invent now not voice she is South Korean. She is half of the US national personnel.”
However alternatively enticing Kim’s attraction, it might perchance perhaps perchance perchance never retract over completely each person.
“Chloe will positively impact South Korea’s recognition… However some are announcing her fame is meaningless,” one consumer wrote, at the side of “Put you for whisk mediate winning a medal for South Korea is finest thing that matters?”
There might be constantly one.
Extra reporting by William Lee, BBC Korean carrier