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Chinese freestyle skier Eileen Gu took home two gold medals after competing at the recently concluded women’s International Ski and Snowboard Federation (FIS) Freestyle Ski World Cup halfpipe event in Calgary, Canada.
Gu, 19, received her first gold medal at the “Snow Rodeo” event on Thursday after finishing with a score of 95 in each of her three runs.
It’s not déjà vu, because Eileen Gu stomped her smooth and stylish run yet once again and thus claimed another big win in Calgary, her second this week. At the same time Gu remains unbeaten at the Olympic Park venue, extending her winning-streak to five consecutive victories 🚀 pic.twitter.com/RIeI5xfL5K
— FISfreestyle (@FISfreestyle) January 22, 2023
Canada’s Rachael Karker won a silver medal with a score of 85.50 on Saturday night, followed by Gu’s compatriot Zhang Kexin, who placed third with a score of 81.70.
All smiles for Eileen Gu who takes home her second gold medal at the Snow Rodeo in Calgary 🥇🥇
The event was her first halfpipe contest back since the Olympics in Beijing pic.twitter.com/rcvw8Anpdj
— CBC Olympics (@CBCOlympics) January 22, 2023
The last time Gu competed was during the Beijing 2022 Olympics.
It’s been 11 and a half months since I’ve competed and coming out of the Olympics, obviously it’s difficult to follow that up pressure wise, but I think it’s been so much fun. I’ve been rediscovering all this love that I have for the sport. I love it more now than ever. Also, juggling skiing with my first year of college is a brand new challenge this year. I’m just trying to do what I love and enjoy the whole process, and not put too much pressure on myself.
Since Gu missed the season-opening of the World Cup at Copper Mountain, Colorado, in December 2022, the Chinese athlete is now No. 2 in the overall standings of the World Cup’s halfpipe discipline.
She is preparing to compete in the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado, starting on Jan. 29.