Jong Jin immigrated to Southern California from South Korea in 1982 with only $800 in his pocket. He worked a minimum-wage job in the United States and saved up his earnings to send himself to college, according to the New York Times.
He enrolled himself at El Camino College where he studied engineering by day and worked as an operator of machinery at night.
Kim’s father ultimately had to give up his engineering job in order to support Chloe’s snowboarding career where they often would go on a six hour drive up to the mountains to train, BuzzFeed reported.
The 17-year-old athlete learned how to snowboard at the young age of 4, The New York Times reported. “We both had no idea what we were doing,” Chloe told the publication, referencing their travel up the mountains where she was taught by her father about the sport.
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