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Gu’s Global Coming-Out Party Ends With 3rd Olympic Medal

Feb 18, 2022, 6:42 AM | Updated: 10:01 am

BEIJING (AP) — Eileen Gu turned the Beijing Olympics into her own personal playground.

In the city. In the mountains.

Spinning, flipping and flying at three different venues.

The American-born Gu came into these games hoping to win three gold medals in freestyle skiing while representing China, where her mother was born.

She didn’t, but she did come away with two golds and one silver.

That makes her the first action-sports athlete to win three medals at the same Olympics.

The 18-year-old Gu capped her global coming out party Friday by winning the gold medal in women’s halfpipe.

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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Gu’s Global Coming-Out Party Ends With 3rd Olympic Medal