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Born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, teenage sensation Gaon Choi is starting her snowboard halfpipe career on a strong foundation. Mastering technical tricks beyond her age bracket? Check. Effortless style and penchant for blasting super high airs? Yes, and yes. And how about support from A-list sponsors, a spot on the Korean National Team, plus mentoring from ‘Queen of the Superpipe’ Chloe Kim? Definitely all that… at age 14! Practically raised riding a snowboard, Gaon can also throw down on four wheels at skateparks and vert ramps. Competing in snowboard halfpipe at the junior level, she already put down an undefeated season – winning four Nor-Am Cups – and clinched the 2022 FIS Junior World Championships title. Now she’s headed for the big leagues, starting as the youngest competitor at X Games Aspen. Watch out for her at the world’s top comps and snow parks. Also make sure to learn the name and follow her on Instagram. Gaon Choi is taking over… remember where you heard it first!