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Gu Talks About Goal At Olympics And Beyond: ‘Glad You Asked’

Feb 17, 2022, 9:06 AM
Eileen Gu - Slopestyle Ski...
Ailing Eileen Gu of Team China is seen during the Women's Freestyle Skiing Freseski Slopestyle Final on Day 11 of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at Genting Snow Park on February 15, 2022 in Zhangjiakou, China. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
(Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

ZHANGJIAKOU, China (AP) — Another Olympic gold medal is hers for the taking.

Eileen Gu has bigger goals than that.

The 18-year-old freeskiing star spelled it all out during a candid Q&A after she breezed through her qualifying round on the halfpipe.

She’s in the final and will try to add to the gold and silver medals she has already won at the Beijing Games. Winning gold will make her the first action-sports athlete to win three medals at the same Olympics.

But she says she’s aware it won’t silence the critics who wonder why an American-born kid would choose to compete for China.

The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics

Just a year after Japan’s summer Olympics, the Games are back for a winter show in Beijing, China. The unusually short gap between Games is due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Strict precautions and enforced virus prevention protocol are in place to help keep athletes, coaches and personnel safe. 

Beijing is the capital of China, with a population of more than 20 million people and the first city to host both a Summer and Winter Olympic games. It is one of the largest cities in the world and 15 hours ahead of Mountain Time. There are 13 different venues in and around Beijing that will be used for the Winter Olympics. A total of 109 events will be held in 15 different sports, and there will be a lot of Utah locals competing for medals. Keep up to date with them at our Olympic headquarters.

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