People Are Very Confused About Why American-born Olympian Eileen Gu Is Competing For China

February 9th, 2022 - 1:13 PM EST by Adam Downer

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An image of olympic athlete eileen gu biting into a medal.

Chinese freestyle skier Eileen Gu took gold in the Shougang Big Air event on Monday at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, unleashing a deluge of commentary from angry political analysts. This controversy is because Gu was born and raised in San Francisco, which would make her an American citizen.


Gu, 18, was born in 2003 to an American father and Chinese mother in the United States. In 2019, she requested a change of nation with the International Ski Federation so that she could compete for China at the 2022 games. In an Instagram post at the time, she wrote:

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. 🇺🇸 🇨🇳 ❤️


Gu's decision has made many Americans, particularly in the political punditry sphere, quite upset that an American-born athlete has chosen to compete for China, given the geopolitical tensions between the two nations. Tucker Carlson ran a segment on her, proffering the opinion one might expect from the Fox News host, while politicians like Claire McCaskill have questioned Gu's motives.


The backlash to Gu has been equally met with cheers from the Asian community, with many pointing out that the criticism Gu faces proves why an Asian-American athlete might elect to compete for another country.


For her part, Gu seems unbothered by the criticism judging from her responses so far.



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Steve
Steve

"the backlash to Gu has been equally met with cheers from the Asian community, with many pointing out that the criticism Gu faces proves why an Asian-American athlete might elect to compete for another country."

and then he linked CCP shills :(

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