- Olympic freestyle skiing champion Eileen Gu announced on Tuesday that she will serve as an ambassador for the U.S. Olympic Committee for its bid to host a Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City in 2030 or 2034.
- “I have always said that sports are this unique avenue to global communication, to interconnection and to building those bridges,” Gu was quoted as saying. “It’s this microcosm that really gives me hope for society at large. I think that the Olympics are the biggest platform for that.”
- The news immediately became a trending topic on Weibo, with Gu receiving mostly support from her Chinese fans.
- An editorial published in China’s state-run Global Times similarly expressed support for Gu’s decision and praised Chinese internet users for having “an open-minded attitude.”
Eileen Gu’s announcement that she will become an ambassador for the U.S. Olympic Committee received mostly support from her Chinese fans.
The Olympic freestyle skiing champion announced that she will be aiding the committee in its efforts to host a Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City in 2030 or 2034 at the Time 100 Summit in New York on Tuesday.
- 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.
- A recent video shows a man seemingly trying to stop Olympic gold medalist Eileen Gu from leaving after they take a selfie together.
- The athlete was out exercising with her mother in Beijing when the stranger asked for a photo.
- The clip of their encounter, which has since gone viral, angered Chinese social media users, who called the man “rude.”
- “I am a loyal fan of Eileen Gu,” he explained in a video uploaded to Douyin after the encounter. “I didn’t try to stop her from leaving. There happened to be a vehicle coming when she tried to cross the road. I asked her to be mindful of road safety. I definitely didn’t intend to hold her back.”
A now-viral video shows a man seemingly trying to stop Olympic gold medalist skier Eileen Gu from leaving after they take a selfie together in Beijing.
The 18-year-old athlete, who often jogs around the city’s streets, was accompanied by her mother riding a bicycle at the time of the incident, which occurred on Chaoyang Road.
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.
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.
Ex-UN Ambassador Nikki Haley blasts Olympic skier Eileen Gu: ‘You’re either American or you’re Chinese’
- Nikki Haley, a former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, has slammed American-born skier Eileen Gu for representing China at the Beijing Olympics.
- “In terms of the citizenship, look, China or the U.S.? You have got to pick a side. Period,” Haley said in an interview with Real Clear Politics.
- Gu has been facing public scrutiny over her citizenship status in China and the U.S. while avoiding questions regarding her nationality.
- While China does not recognize dual-citizenship, many have speculated that the athlete is receiving special treatment.
- “My hope and prayer is that Americans realize that China is the one that gave us COVID,” Haley added. “At some point, we need to understand it is time to move on from China.”
Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley criticized American-born skier Eileen Gu for her decision to represent China at the Beijing Olympics.
Haley, who is of Indian descent and previously served as the first female governor of South Carolina from 2011 to 2017, accused the 18-year-old Olympic medalist, whose mother is Chinese, of “standing for human rights abuses” in an interview with RealClearPolitics.
- 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.
US-born freeskier Eileen Gu wins second medal at the Beijing Olympics with silver finish in slopestyle
- California-born freestyle skier, Eileen Gu, landed a silver medal on Tuesday’s slopestyle course at the 2022 Beijing Olympics.
- The 18-year-old barely fell short of the gold medal, scoring only 0.33 points behind Swiss freestyle skier Mathilde Gremaud.
- Gu finished the slopestyle course with a final score of 86.23.
- The young Team China athlete is now set up to potentially become the first action-sports athlete to win three medals at a single Winter Olympics game.
Freestyle skier Eileen Gu has won her second medal at the Beijing Winter Games, finishing second in the slopestyle course on Tuesday and falling just short of the gold by only 0.33 points behind Mathilde Gremaud.
Competing in subzero temperatures, Gu was sitting in eighth place after the first two runs but managed to land a big score on her third run, placing second with a final score of 86.23, reported the New York Times. The first-place winner of the slopestyle course, Mathilde Gremaud, finished with a final score of 86.56.
Mother of Olympics gold medal superstar Eileen Gu offers advice on what it takes to raise a champion
- Olympian Eileen Gu, the 18-year-old freestyle skier born in California, won a gold medal for Team China during the freeski big air competition on Tuesday.
- Eileen has been receiving overwhelming support and praise from Chinese fans who admire the young athlete for being a champion athlete and model student.
- Eileen’s mother, Gu Yan, raised the 18-year-old as a single mother and has been giving advice to other parents who are hoping to raise their own champions.
- Gu Yan says the key is to get your child 10 hours of sleep a day and support their life decisions through encouragement.
Gu Yan, the mother of Eileen Gu – the U.S born, 18-year-old freestyle skier who won an Olympics gold medal for China on Tuesday – is offering her advice on how to raise a top athlete and student.
Following Eileen’s winning performance at the freeski big air event, many Chinese fans expressed their admiration for the 18-year-old and praised her for being a champion athlete and model student, referring to her admission to Stanford University in 2020.
- Chinese social media platform Weibo reportedly crashed after tens of millions of users congratulated Ailing (Eileen) Gu, 18, on her gold medal win at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics on Tuesday for the women's big air freestyle skiing event.
- Gu beat France’s Tess Ledeux, who placed second, and Switzerland’s Mathilde Gremaud, who placed third.
- “Dad was Harvard, Mom was Peking University, Stanford, Grandmother was an athlete. She’s beautiful and classy,” read one of the most popular Weibo posts praising Gu, which has been shared more than 86,000 times.
- The Beijing Municipal Government and Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Beijing Committee also congratulated the San Francisco-born athlete for winning another gold medal for China.
- Born to an American father and a Chinese mother, Gu announced in 2019 that she would be representing China at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.
Chinese American skier Eileen Gu broke the Chinese internet after winning the gold medal at her Olympic Games debut.
Tens of millions of social media users immediately went to Weibo to celebrate after Gu, 18, finished in first place at the women’s big air freestyle skiing competition on Tuesday with a total score of 188.25, narrowly beating France’s Tess Ledeux, who won silver with a score of 187.50, according to CNN.
SF-born ski star Eileen Gu’s decision to represent China at the 2022 Olympics called ‘opportunistic’
- After representing Team U.S.A. in international competitions, freestyle ski star Eileen Gu announced in 2019 that she will be switching to Team China for the 2022 Beijing Winter Games.
- Gu rose to immediate stardom by winning World Cup tournaments for the U.S. and then for China in her rookie year.
- Her decision to compete for China at the 2022 Games has drawn criticism from fellow athletes and fans of the sport.
Despite making her intentions known in 2019, freestyle ski star Eileen Gu’s decision to compete for China at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics still continues to spark heated discussions online.
Fellow athletes in the sport have been asking the 18-year-old why she decided to represent a country accused of human rights abuse, reported the New York Post.
Teen freeskier Eileen Gu made history in her stellar debut at the Winter X Games by making all podium finishes in the three events she competed in.