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Freestyle skier Eileen Gu becomes first Asian American to win three medals in a single Winter Olympics

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  • 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.

Freeski phenom Eileen Gu crashes the Chinese internet after Olympic gold win in big air freestyle

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  • 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’

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  • 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.

Future Olympian vibes: Adorable 4-year-old Chinese girl snowboards and skis like a pro in viral video

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  • A 4-year-old Chinese girl, Zhang Duoduo, is impressing viewers with her snowboarding and skiing skills in a viral video.
  • Her father hopes for Duoduo to compete in the Olympics in the future.

A 4-year-old Chinese girl went viral after she amazed viewers with her snowboarding and skiing skills. 

Zhang Duoduo, from Shandong Province, has only been involved in the sport for a few weeks, but her excellent skills and talent make her seem like a natural.

China’s Second Richest Man Builds the World’s Largest Indoor Ski Resort

The wrld’s largest indoor ski resort officially opened on June 30 in China’s northeastern city of Harbin, and boasts six ski runs, the longest being around 500 feet (1,640 feet).

The man behind the new $6 billion ski resort, which is part of the Harbin Wanda City project, is Wang Jianlin, China’s second richest man and founder of the Dalian Wanda Group.