She represents America’s immigrant story. She’s relatable (and quite hangry) on social media. She’s the youngest woman to win a snowboarding medal. Oh, and she’s ridiculously awesome at her sport. ESPN: Chloe Kim fulfills her golden destiny — from ‘baby girl’ to full-fledged dragon.

+ “I was recently asked in an interview what its like to be a gay athlete in sports. I said that it’s exactly like being a straight athlete. Lots of hard work but usually done with better eye brows.” Adam Rippon won a bronze medal in South Korea. But he’s taking home gold on Twitter.

+ “How often, in ways petty and profound, the world tries to tamp down what Adam Rippon so wondrously, confidently exuded on that ice. And how terrific that so many kids may have seen it and loved it and then gone skating around their own living rooms, maybe feeling a little freer than before.” RIchard Lawson in GQ: The Bittersweet Beauty of Adam Rippon.

+ “The cheerleaders have been praised as human olive branches, a preliminary way to ease tensions during the current nuclear crises. They have been criticized as singing, dancing spearheads of a strategic North Korean propaganda campaign at the Games.” (In other words, they’re a perfect metaphor for everything related to North Korea’s participation in the Olympics.) From the NYT: A Night Out With North Korea’s Cheerleaders: Matching Snowsuits, Military Discipline and Chaperoned Bathroom Trips.

+ “The example we give to people is it’s like running up a flight of stairs as fast as you can and then trying to thread a needle.” Olympic biathletes learn to shoot between heartbeats. “During the race, a skier’s heart pumps, or beats, at roughly 90 percent of its maximum allowable rate.” (My heart rate achieves that level just trying to disembark from a chairlift…)