Eileen Gu, who has already received two Olympic medals in Beijing, moved her ambitions to the freeski halfpipe on Thursday.
Gu, the Californian who is competing for China, believes that the halfpipe is one of the best of her three occasions. She has already received gold in large air and narrowly missed one other in slopestyle, settling for silver.
On Friday, she simply scored a 93.25 to take the lead on her first run, pumping her arm within the air when the scored was introduced. Cassie Sharpe, of Canada, and Brita Sigourney, of the US, adopted in second and third place.
Gu’s competitors included her prime rival, Kelly Sildaru of Estonia, the one different girl who competed in all three occasions (large air, slopestyle, halfpipe).
America has a robust contingent, led by the 17-year-old Hanna Faulhaber, who was fourth on the world championships final yr, and Sigourney, who received Olympic bronze 4 years in the past.
Born and raised in California however competing for China, Gu has attracted worldwide consideration — and a few debate — for her resolution in 2019 to signify her mom’s homeland.
The choice was barely famous when she was 15 and the Olympics have been practically three years away. Now Gu dominates her sport and finds herself straddling a rising geopolitical rift between her two international locations.
Yan Gu, Eileen’s mom, was born in Shanghai and raised in Beijing, the daughter of a authorities engineer. She emigrated to the US about 30 years in the past for postgraduate research and settled in San Francisco.
Eileen Gu, raised in San Francisco, has change into a mannequin, representing luxurious manufacturers like Louis Vuitton and Tiffany. She has so many sponsorships in China that she is a ubiquitous presence in commercials and receives glowing protection from the state information media.
Gu has mentioned that she desires to be a bridge between the US and China whereas inspiring younger girls and serving to China’s nascent winter-sports trade to develop. She and her mom have declined to debate any of the thorny geopolitical points that contain the rival international locations.