- Utah declared May 18 as Nathan Chen Day to honor the Chinese American Olympic gold medalist for his significant achievements in figure skating.
- Chen, 23, was recognized by the Utah Sports Commision, Utah Governor Spencer Cox and other state legislators during a ceremony at Utah State Capitol’s chamber at 11 a.m. on May 18.
- “I mean truthfully, I didn't really think I was going to be able to make it to where I made it,” the Salt Lake City native told FOX13. “For me and I'm absolutely certain that there's gonna be many other young athletes that will be able to achieve it so long as they have the inspiration with a passion I think that's the most important thing.”
- Chen won gold at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics in February, beating his long-time rival, Japan’s “Ice Prince” Yuzuru Hanyu, in what was considered the “Battle of the Sixes,” with both skaters having six national titles under their belts.
- Earlier this week, the figure skater was revealed to be part of Time100’s Most Influential People of 2022, along with other celebrities such as Marvel star Simu Liu.
The state of Utah declared May 18 as Nathan Chen Day to honor the Chinese American Olympic gold medalist for his significant achievements in figure skating.
The Utah Sports Commision, Utah Governor Spencer Cox and other state legislators recognized Chen, 23, for his accomplishments after he won gold at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics in February. The figure skater was celebrated in the chamber of the state’s Capitol at 11 a.m., where he received a declaration from Cox and a ceremony in his honor.
- A social media post saying goodbye to China by three-time Olympic medalist Eileen Gu has drawn both plaudits and criticism as she returned to the U.S. to pursue her studies at Stanford University.
- On April 27, she shared a post to Weibo saying, “Thank you China,” with emojis of the Chinese flag and a red heart.
- Some social media users weren’t impressed by the way she worded her thanks, arguing that she was acting like a “foreigner” and distancing herself from China.
A recent social media post from Olympic skier Eileen Gu in which she says goodbye to China after months of making it her home for the Beijing Winter Games has drawn both plaudits and criticism.
Gu, who won two gold medals and one silver medal while representing China this year, is making her way back to the U.S. to begin her studies at Stanford University. The star athlete deferred a year to participate in the Winter Games.
Speed skater gives away his Beijing Winter Olympics gold medal to protest China’s human rights violations
- Olympic speed skating champion Nils van der Poel gave away his gold medal to protest human rights violations in China.
- Van der Poel handed his gold medal to Angela Gui, daughter of Gui Minhai, who disappeared in 2015 after publishing a book that criticized the Chinese government and is now detained on espionage charges.
- The 25-year-old Swede had won a gold medal in both the 5,000-meter and 10,000-meter speed skating event at the Beijing Winter Olympics.
- Van der Poel has voiced concerns over human rights violations in China while criticizing its selection as an Olympics host nation.
Swedish Olympic speed skater Nils van der Poel gave his Beijing Winter Olympics gold medal to the daughter of a man detained for publishing a book criticizing the Chinese government to protest the nation’s human rights violations.
Angela Gui posted on Twitter about Van der Poel visiting her in Cambridge, England, yesterday, after he handed her his gold medal from the 10,000-meter speed skating event to honor Angela’s father. Van der Poel also won gold in the 5,000-meter speed skating event at this year’s Winter Olympics.
Freestyle skier Eileen Gu becomes first Asian American to win three medals in a single Winter Olympics
- Team China’s Eileen Gu won a gold medal on Friday's freeski halfpipe final, becoming the first freestyle skier to win three medals in a single Winter Olympics.
- Gu finished with a total score of 95.25, while Canada’s Cassie Sharpe and Rachael Karker took silver and bronze medals.
- The U.S. born 18-year-old had previously won her first gold in the big air competition and a silver medal in the slopestyle competition.
After winning two medals at the Beijing Winter Olympics, freestyle skier Eileen Gu won her third medal, a gold, at Friday’s freeski halfpipe final, becoming the first freestyle skier to win three medals within the same Winter Olympics.
The 18-year-old started off her first run with a score of 93.25 and finished the second run with a higher score of 95.25, leading her to win the gold medal, according to NBC News. During her second run, Gu was able to land almost every combination of tricks and nearly went 14 feet high above the superpipe.
South Korean speedskater Hwang Dae-heon excited for his ‘fried-chicken pension’ after gold medal win
- South Korean speed skater Hwang Dae-heon was apparently promised a lifetime supply of fried chicken by Yoon Hong-geun, chairman of the Genesis BBQ delivery franchise.
- “The first thing I want to do is confirm that my fried-chicken pension is real,” the 22-year-old Olympian told reporters after winning the gold medal in the men’s 1,500-meter short track.
- “I want to eat chicken. I really like BBQ Chicken. I had BBQ Chicken before coming to Beijing. I really like BBQ's Golden Olive Chicken Legs,” he said.
- Critics have alleged Yoon is merely using the athlete to promote Genesis BBQ.
South Korean speed skater Hwang Dae-heon won two Olympic medals, but the one prize on his mind on the way home is a promised “fried-chicken pension.”
Hwang was apparently promised a lifetime supply of fried chicken by Yoon Hong-geun, the chairman of the Genesis BBQ delivery franchise, if he won the gold medal, reported the Associated Press.
- Japanese Olympic speed skater Miho Takagi won her first gold medal in the 1,000-meter speed skating competition on Thursday.
- Takagi finished her performance with a final time of 1:13.19, beating the previous Olympic record of 1:13.56 set by Jorien ter Mors at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.
- The 27-year-old had won three silver medals prior to her gold medal win in the 1,500-meter, 500-meter and team pursuit speed skating competitions.
After winning three silver medals at the Beijing Winter Games, Japanese speed skater Miho Takagi set an Olympic record during the 1,000-meter women’s speed skating final on Thursday en route to her first gold medal.
Takagi set an Olympic record during her performance at the 1,000-meter event on Thursday, finishing with a final time of 1:13.19. The previous Olympic record, set by Jorien ter Mors at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics, was 1:13.56.
Olympic gold medalist Eileen Gu says her ‘unfazed’ grandmother still prefers her to be a doctor or lawyer
- 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.
‘Queen of Korean Short Track’ Choi Min-jeong successfully defends her women’s 1500m gold medal crown
South Korean short track skater Choi Min-jeong managed to defend her previous 2018 Olympic gold medal during the final short track race at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, boosting South Korea’s total medal count to seven.
Choi, 23, beat Italy’s Arianna Fontana and Suzanne Schulting of the Netherlands to secure her third gold medal ever during the 1,500-meter final held at Capital Indoor Stadium in Beijing on Wednesday, CNN reported.
Olympic gold medalist Yuna Kim slams reversal of teen figure skater’s suspension over positive drug test
- Yuna Kim, a former Olympic figure skating champion, criticized the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s (CAS) decision to reverse Kamila Valieva’s suspension and allow her to continue competing following a positive drug test.
- Valieva, a 15-year-old Russian figure skater, failed a drug test on Dec. 25 in which she tested positive for trimetazidine, a banned heart drug.
- The young athlete was initially suspended by the CAS, but the decision was reversed, and Valieva was allowed to compete at Tuesday’s event.
- Kim criticized the decision as unfair in an Instagram post on Monday.
After 15-year-old Russian Olympic figure skater Kamila Valieva was permitted to continue competing following a positive drug test, former Olympic figure skater Yuna Kim blasted the decision on Instagram as unfair.
According to Insider, Valieva failed her drug test on Dec. 25 and tested positive for trimetazidine, a heart drug that is often used by athletes as an endurance booster. Fox News also reported that Valieva had tested positive for two other substances: L-carnitine and hypoxen.
US Olympian alleges his Twitter was suspended after he praised China on ‘stellar job’ hosting Winter Games
- Aaron Blunck, a three-time U.S. Olympic skier, alleged that his Twitter account was suspended after he complimented China’s operation of the Beijing Olympics.
- During a press conference interview with reporters on Sunday, the 25-year-old praised China’s handling of COVID-19 protocols and criticized the media’s coverage of the Games.
- Blunck’s Twitter was purportedly suspended shortly after, and he took to Instagram to question the platform’s alleged decision.
- Several of Blunck’s teammates have shared his positive sentiment about the Olympic Village in Beijing.
U.S. Olympic skier Aaron Blunck alleged that his Twitter account was suspended after he praised China for a “stellar job” hosting the Winter Olympics and criticized media coverage of the Games.
The 25-year-old athlete told reporters in a press conference on Sunday that China had done “a stellar job with the whole Covid protocol,” reported the Washington Examiner. “Being stateside, you kind of heard of some pretty bad media, and that is completely false.”
Child actor Su Yiming wins China’s sixth Olympic gold medal as the nation’s first snowboarding medalist
- Su Yiming, a 17-year-old snowboarder and former child actor, became China’s first snowboarding medalist after winning the gold medal in the Snowboard Big Air final on Tuesday.
- Su successfully landed a pair of 1800s on his first two runs, securing the gold medal over runners-up Mons Roisland from Norway and Max Parrot from Canada.
- His victory also helped earn China its highest number of medals at a Winter Olympics, with Su’s win delivering the nation’s sixth gold medal and 12th overall medal this year.
- “I had always dreamed about what it would be like to stand on the podium of the Olympics, and today, I did it,” Su told The Wall Street Journal.
Teen snowboarder Su Yiming won gold in the Snowboard Big Air final on Tuesday, claiming China’s sixth gold and 12th overall Winter Olympics medal this year.
The 17-year-old successfully landed a pair of 1800s on his first two runs, one frontside and one backside, in the competition. The spin is considered one of the most challenging tricks in snowboarding.
- A screenshot of an Instagram comment about VPNs made by Chinese American freestyle skier Eileen (Ailing) Gu was recently removed from Weibo before being restored on Tuesday.
- An Instagram user questioned whether the gold medalist was receiving "special treatment" in China since she posts on Instagram, which is banned in the country, while its other citizens lack the same internet freedom.
- In a reply, the 18-year-old Olympian suggested, “[A]nyone can download a VPN,” adding that it is “literally free on the App Store.”
- The Chinese government asked Apple to remove all VPN software from its App Store in 2017, while Google’s Play Store is banned in China.
A screenshot of a comment made by Chinese American freestyle skier Eileen (Ailing) Gu was recently censored on the Chinese social media app Weibo for mentioning the availability of VPNs like https://vpntap.com/ to bypass the country’s Instagram ban.
The ironic turn of events came after an Instagram user commented on one of Gu’s posts on Feb. 4, questioning the “special treatment” the athlete seemed to be receiving in a country where the platform is otherwise banned, reported Protocol.