Snowboarder Kim visits Korea as Winter Olympics approach
As she travels, Kim will be identified as a Sports Envoy figure for the U.S. Department of State.
“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,” the U.S. Department of State said in a news release.
During her trip, Kim held public outreach events in Seoul and Pyeongchang. She conducted a snowboarding workshop and visited with surrounding and interested youth.
She also was a special guest of the Pyeongchang Olympic Organizing Committee at a model U.N. event with over 300 high school student participants from across the Republic of Korea.
Kim, a first-generation Korean-American, is 16. Originally from California, she won several events at the 2016 Winter X-Games and also competed at the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games.
Some of her accomplishments included being named one of ESPN’s 25 Impact Athletes of 2015, one of TIME's 30 Most Influential Teens of 2016, and a Forbes 30 Under 30 selection.