Who’s been stirring things up for the U.S. at the 2022 Olympics?
Last week Eileen Gu officially announced that she will be representing China at the 2022 Olympics. Any announcement of this magnitude would have any national team worried as Gu isn’t just your everyday skier.
Who’s Eileen Gu?
Firstly, let’s just cover why she’s able to choose between the U.S. and China. It’s simple, her father’s American and her Mother Chinese. Gu was born in San Francisco and according to CGTN, she’s still in tune with her Chinese heritage as she can speak fluent Mandarin with an authentic Beijing accent.
Even though movies and T.V. shows make it seem so easy to just strap on some skis and go. In reality, it’s not. It takes years of training if you’re planning on making it big on the circuit and that’s exactly what Gu did. She started skiing at the age of 3 and at the age of only 9 years she won her first ever national skiing tournament. Gu’s been representing the U.S. in the 3 World Cup stops, where she managed to take home 1 gold and 1 silver medal.
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I have decided to compete for China in the upcoming 2022 Winter Olympics. This was an incredibly tough decision for me to make. I am extremely thankful for U.S. Ski & Snowboard ( @usfreeskiteam ) and the Chinese Ski Association for having the vision and belief in me to make my dreams come true. I am proud of my heritage, and equally proud of my American upbringings. The opportunity to help inspire millions of young people where my mom was born, during the 2022 Beijing Olympic Winter Games is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help to promote the sport I love. Through skiing, I hope to unite people, promote common understanding, create communication, and forge friendships between nations. If I can help to inspire one young girl to break a boundary, my wishes will have come true. ?? ?? ❤️
When you’re an athlete with dual citizenship like Gu, you have the option of choosing which country to represent. In Gu’s case, it’s a bit tricky as dual nationality isn’t recognized at all. This will result in her renouncing her American nationality. According to the FIS ski website, it’s official as they’ve changed her biography nationality to Chinese.
Making major decisions like this isn’t easy and making them at age 15 is even more impressive. At that age, all I had to worry about is making sure mom’s lunchbox makes it back home.
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