She took to Instagram last week to announce her “incredibly tough” decision to join China’s team. In her post, she noted that she hopes to inspire young girls to take up sports and somehow evoke friendship between nations.
Netizens on Chinese social media platform Weibo cheered the news of Gu’s “return” to China, reports Inkstone.
Based on the Olympic Charter, athletes with dual citizenship such as Gu can choose which country to represent. If they have competed in the Olympics before, they are then required to wait three years before they can represent a new country in the games.
However, since Chinese law doesn’t recognize dual nationality, Gu is expected to drop her American nationality. The reports did not indicate what arrangement Gu has made regarding her status as a U.S. citizen.
“I feel that I am competing in skiing to unite two nations, both of which are my home,” Gu was quoted as saying. “I hope to break the divide between nations through passion and love.”
Gu further noted that she is still going to continue living and training in the U.S. while also attending school there. She plans to visit China during summer breaks and for competitions.