17-year-old Chloe Kim Lands Gold In Very First Olympic Run

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She qualified but was too young for the 2014 Olympics

When I was 17, I was too lazy to get out of bed before noon. Chloe Kim is 17 and she just won a gold medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeonyang, in her first ever attempt. At 17, I could barely make cereal in one attempt.

Kim is one of the early stories of the Olympics, as the daughter of Korean immigrants is one of those rare cases to deliver on the massive pre-Games hype. She has been ruling the women’s snowboard circuit for years now, and actually would have qualified for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, except for the fact that she was only 13.

Four years later, she’s only 17, but as she proved last night, that’s plenty old enough to crush the competition.

Kim’s event, which took place Tuesday morning (which means it was broadcast live on NBC on Monday night), is the women’s halfpipe, and after besting her competition by a solid four points in the qualifying runs, she delivered again in the finals. She got the score she needed in her very first run, as her 93.75 stood up through the end, all the way until her final run, a victory lap in which she scored a whopping 98.25.

None of this is a surprise to anyone who follows snowboarding. According to CNN, Kim is only the second person (Shaun White) to ever record a perfect 100 score in competition, which she achieved at the US Snowboarding Grand Prix in 2016 after landing back-to-back 1080 degree spins. When she was 15.

Oh yeah, did I mention she also hit back-to-back 1080s during last night’s victory lap?

Cheering Kim on were her parents who, like pretty much every parent of every Olympian, made plenty of sacrifices to help their kid achieve her dream.

Jong Jim Kim emigrated to America from South Korea in 1982 and introduced his daughter to the mountains at age 4. At 6 years old she was already competing in juniors, and when she turned 10, he quit his job so he could dedicated himself to her development. Soon he was waking her early and driving her hours to train and compete.

You’d better believe he was rooting her on.

None of these accomplishments, nor the huge international stage, seem to faze the high school senior, who was inexplicably tweeting about being “hangry” DURING competition.

Twitter could not handle Chloe’s cool, replying to her mid-competition with awe and incredulity.

There is one thing that fazes young Chloe Kim, and that is winning the gold.

Now can someone please get her something to eat?

Video Of Dad’s DIY Zipline Ends About As Well As You’d Expect

Few things make a dad more proud than building something himself that, otherwise, would have cost him an arm and a leg at the store. Of course, when it comes to serious recreation/friggin’ ninja gear, maybe seek some outside advice.

Don’t get me wrong; the mechanics appear to be top notch. It’s the foresight and execution that need a little work.

Father has daughter test the new backyard zip-line.

Oh well. At least you saved those few extra bucks, right?

8-Year-Old Practices Headers With Dad’s Team… Real Madrid

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When your father is Marcelo Vieira, professional football (soccer) player for one of the most prominent clubs in the world, it’s only natural that you’d want to follow in his footsteps.

Fortunately for 8-year-old Enzo, dad and the rest of the team are more than happy to let him spend time in the locker room, honing skills and making memories he’ll never forget.

Father Figures: Financial Planning

“My son had his 10th birthday party yesterday and he ended up with a whopping $50 in cash and gift cards, making him basically a millionaire. After adding up his bounty, he immediately asked for me to take him to the store so he could buy a video game.

Naturally I did the fatherly thing and suggested he save the money for future things: college, family, retirement… I told him that when I was his age I remember blowing all my birthday money on a copy of Street Fighter 2 for Sega Genesis. I played that game like crazy for a few months. Then it got old, and I moved on. Had I invested that money in say… Microsoft, I’d probably be able to afford name brand work polos that don’t fit like a poncho.

He gave me an epic eye roll as though I’d suggested he light the money on fire.

I just want Tristan to be a rock star father, and the next CEO of a fortune 500 company.
Or an astronaut.
Or the president of the United States.
Or all three.
Is that too much to ask?

Last week, he scored two goals in his pewee soccer game, and he once made a robot out of Post-It notes.

Obviously the boy has huge, massive, potential. A good savings account, along with some wise investments, could set him up for major success.
Right?

I say this like I have a savings account.

Not surprisingly, we ended up here, before the video game case, just after dinner, looking for some Pokémon game that I can’t pronounce or spell probably.

I looked at his face as we shopped, and I thought about how I did the same thing a million times as a child. There’s something so gratifying about getting a little money and then blowing it on something stupid at the store. And although I really wanted him to save the money. Although I wanted him to make the adult decision, I totally understood why he was at the store, tapping his toes excitedly before the video game case.

Because the fact is, as much as teaching my son to save his money is part of my job as a father, blowing your birthday money is equally a huge part of being a little boy.

This was his time to shine.

We bought the game. He opened it in the car, and told me all about how cool it was. And the moment we got home I pulled the ultimate fatherly move by making him clean his room before he could play his new game.”

– Clint Edwards, Author of “I’m Sorry…Love Your Husband.

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The 10 Funniest Tweets About Your Kids’ Last Day Of School

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Bedroom doors are about to be barricaded. Furniture is about to get sticky. Kitchen trash cans are about to overflow with the past year of schoolwork. Summer break is upon us. Celebrate the last day of your kids’ school year with these 10 hilarious tweets from parents who are now counting down the days until August.

“Another Brick In The Wall” will also produce these results.

Dad Trolling: Level 1000.

You’re never gonna dance again. Well, at least until the first day of school this fall.

Thanks, please send them home with a bag of glitter next year.

Worth a try.

Schools sure love getting their money’s worth on printer ink.

No, seriously.

Get ready to put some mileage on that iPad charger.

Adapt. Evolve. Survive.

Go ahead. Phone it in. You’ve deserved it.

Larry Nance Jr. Recreates His Father’s Iconic Dunk From 1984

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During this year’s NBA Dunk Contest, Larry Nance Jr. of the Cleveland Caveliers donned a retro Phoenix Suns jersey with his father’s number and performed a near perfect reproduction of Larry Nance Sr.’s epic windmill dunk for 1984.

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Nance Sr. was in attendence for the competition and could be seen looking proud as hell.

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“Those are moments that I don’t know if any father or son has ever had,” Nance Jr. said after the contest. “To me, that’s the coolest part of it all. I’m already having several pictures blown up to be framed.”

Additionally, despite Nance Sr.’s number being retired in Cleveland, Nance Jr. was recently given special permission by the Cavs to wear 22—the number father and son have shared throughout their mutually impressive careers.