A Quick Round with Christina Kim


It shouldn’t have shocked anyone that Christina Kim was among the LPGA pros who posed nearly nude last year for that tasteful but still revealing photo shoot in ESPN The Magazine’s much-hyped “The Bodies Issue.”

Kim bares her soul to the world every day.

She fearlessly opens herself up knowing not everyone will like what they see or hear, but she takes solace in knowing she’s well loved by her legion of followers.

A two-time LPGA winner, Kim can take the veil off the game with more good humor than any player on tour. While she’ll tell you she never intended her new book, Swinging From My Heels, to be a controversial tell-all like Jim Bouton’s Ball Four was 40 years ago, she hopes it gives readers a refreshing insight into tour life.

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Christina Kim, 26, was surprised to see Ochoa retire before 2012 or 2013. (Getty Images)
In a Quick Round, Kim weighs in on Lorena Ochoa’s imminent announcement that she plans to step away from golf and on what Kim hopes readers will appreciate in her new book.

The news about Lorena Ochoa didn’t make your jaw drop, did it?

My immediate reaction was, `I told you so.’ In my book I said Lorena’s going to be very much like Halley’s Comet, where you are only to get a glimpse of her for a few moments in a lifetime so you better hop on the wagon and take a look while you can, but I had no idea it would be so soon. I thought she would play until 2012 or 2013. Obviously, since she got married her priorities have changed and plans for her life have changed.

Does anyone have anything bad to say about her?

She’s going to be canonized one of these days. She is one of the most giving people in the world. She does so much for her foundation. She’s so selfless, and she’s working to change an entire country. I think you’re going to see a lot happening with her foundation. I think she’s going to make some huge changes. Even though she’s been so impactful changing people’s lives, this is just step one for her.

Ochoa’s only 28. Can you believe she’s really walking away in the prime of her career?

It is a little difficult to comprehend, partially because I’m nowhere near that point in my career. I can’t even fathom that notion. I know her management team is saying it’s a kind of “See you later kind of thing . . . Never say ever.” For a woman, it’s not necessarily as difficult to understand, because women in the work force will take a leave of absence if they decide to have children.

Family is so important to Lorena. She’s always been part of a large family. They could be the Mexican version of the Brady Bunch, with the love and the happiness among all of them.

Does it give you pause to think about your life, your desire to be a mother and have a family?

Without a doubt, someday I would like to have a family. If I end up adopting, I end up adopting. If I end up having quintuplets, I’ll have quintuplets. I have no idea. I don’t think anyone in this world is ready to take on a little Christina.

Right now, I’m happier than I’ve ever been. It is kind interesting because Lorena and I joined the tour at the same time. We were both on the Futures Tour in 2002, were on the LPGA Tour in 2003 and she’s retiring and I feel like my career is just starting. Everyone has a different perspective. I have my family, my parents and siblings.

What will people get from your new book?

The book isn’t this, `Oh my God, she said this and she said that.’ It’s truly the story of a young woman’s journey into a world of elite athletes who are also very human. I talk about love, I talk about friendship, I talk about dancing on tables in New York City. A lot of it has helped me be more fearless with my life.


In writing it, in reading it. You know what? Be who you are, be true to yourself and don’t let anybody or anything hold you back. If you want to be conservative, more power to you. If you want to be wild and crazy and dance on tables all night long with me, more power to you. One of the underlying lessons in that is that people will have to filter through some of the four-letter words in there.

Any stories you almost cut out?

After I got the approval for the final cut, I wanted to change every word, change everyone’s name and have it under aliases. But it goes with the fearlessness, and thinking, `You know what? This is me and people that don’t want to read about me can stop or get their money back from the book.’

Anybody call to cuss you out for including a particular story?

No one, so far, has said anything negative yet, with yet being the operative word. I don’t have any time for negativity. I really don’t. I’m very fortunate to have the life I lead. Why not focus on the positives.