Olympic gold medalist Eileen Gu says her ‘unfazed’ grandmother still prefers her to be a doctor or lawyer

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  • One fan that freestyle skier Eileen Gu is still trying to impress is her grandmother, who is traveling to China to watch the young athlete compete in the Beijing Games for the first time.
  • Gu has already won a gold and silver medal at the Beijing Olympics and is on path to win a third medal.
  • The 18-year-old describes her grandmother as a “fiercely confident woman” who still wishes for Gu to become a doctor or lawyer.

Olympic freestyle skier Eileen Gu is ready to impress her grandmother, who has never seen the teen compete, in the upcoming halfpipe competition. 

The 18-year-old describes her grandmother, who played basketball during her college years, as a “fiercely confident” woman who is “happy all the time,” reported Reuters.

Gu also told reporters, “She’s never watched me compete. I don’t think she’s ever watched me ski. She’s going to be unfazed and unimpressed I think.”

Although the young athlete has managed to pull an impressive record with her performances at the Beijing Olympics so far, Gu says that her grandmother would still prefer that she become a lawyer or doctor.

“She said, ‘You’re just doing it for fun. You can go be a doctor or lawyer later,’” Gu said. 

According to CNN, Gu’s grandmother flew into Beijing on Tuesday to watch the 18-year-old compete for the first time. 

Gu has so far won a silver medal in the women’s slopestyle competition and a gold medal in the women’s big air competition, which now puts her on a path to potentially become the first action-sports athlete to win three medals at the same Winter Olympics game.

Feature Image via Instagram, NBC Sports

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