Eileen Gu may be the best freestyle skier in the world. She was born in San Francisco to a Chinese mother and an American father. She’s been competing internationally since 2018, starting when she was still in high school. She dominates in big air, halfpipe, and slopestyle events. She’s favored to take several gold medals in this year’s Olympics…but not for the USA. What?
Although Ms. Gu is a born and raised American, she’s competing for China in this year’s winter Olympics. In fact, she already has one gold medal at this time. She competed for the United States during the 2018-2019 World Cup Season, then announced she’ll be competing for China henceforth.
She made this decision when she was 15, but I’m sure she didn’t make it on her own. She explained on Instagram, “The opportunity to help inspire millions of young people where my mom was born, during…
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