American Born Turned Chinese Olympian Eileen Gu Silences Questions About Her Controversial Decision

Published 03/02/2023, 8:30 AM EST

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American-born skier Eileen Gu is one of the best skiers currently in the world. However, despite being the best, she got into a controversy after making a contentious decision to represent China in the 2022 Olympics. Moreover, the 19-year-old clinched three Olympic medals, including two gold and a silver, in the Beijing Winter Olympics 2022. Notably, it is the most by any freestyle skier in a single Olympic event. Although Gu received a lot of hate during the Olympics because of her decision, nothing bothered her.

In a recent interview with Elle, Gu opened up about the experience she had after making the controversial decision. Let us have a look at what Eileen Gu said in the interview. 

Eileen Gu revealed she did what she had to reach her goal


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The skiing superstar was already a big name before she entered the ice in the Olympics. Being a model even before being a skier, Gu wanted to inspire young girls to participate in sports by making them realize their strengths. Even with her 2022 performance, she had the same goal. In the interview with Elle, Gu said, “I was really happy to compete in China at the Olympics, and afterward, see the impact that those games (and hopefully my performance) had on sports culture in China and worldwide—especially in terms of action sports and young girls.”

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Gu wanted to spread the popularity of the sport among young girls; moreover, inspire the young girls to break their shackles and try novel things in life. “Looking back at the Olympics, I absolutely hit that goal,” she continued. Gu added, “There are hundreds of millions of people in the snow in China and worldwide now enjoying the sport I love so much. I can say with 100 percent confidence I did what I’m meant to do. There’s nothing anyone can say that can take that away from me, because there was an immensely positive impact after the games; that was really important to me.”  


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The then-18-year-old thoroughly enjoyed her outing in Beijing. Moreover, the celebrity got even more famous after her spectacular performance in the Olympics and added many more brands to her portfolio. A few weeks ago, she celebrated the first anniversary of the 2022 victory through her social media account. Let us have a look at that.

The 19-year-old celebrated the anniversary of crashing the Chinese website


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The victory of the then 18-year-old young girl was sensational news. Moreover, an American skier who decided to represent China in the Olympics was huge. The controversy might have given the extra factor to the two gold and one silver medals that Gu won in the winter Olympics.

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The Chinese fans couldn’t help but search about the miraculous win that a young girl accomplished. Henceforth, the massive traffic online led to the crash of the website. After one year of the incredible victory which indeed shattered the Chinese website, Weibo, Gu celebrated the anniversary by sharing the throwback on her Instagram story.  


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Despite all the backlash she received for her decision, Gu stood tall for what she believed. Moreover, she is nothing less than proud of what she achieved from her performance in the 2022 Beijing Olympics.

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Written by:

Kaivalya R Pillai


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Dr. Kaivalya R Pillai is a US Sports author working at EssentiallySports. An accomplished academician, he recently completed his doctorate degree in pharmacy.
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Simar Singh Wadhwa