Team USA leaves confused as Eileen Gu decides to compete for China »FirstSportz

Eileen Gu
Eileen Gu

track and field athlete Eileen Gu, who will be one of America’s biggest medal prospects at the upcoming Beijing Olympics, delivered a shock to her fans. The 18-year-old will not compete for the US at the 2022 Winter Olympics and the decision is not accepted by members of the US skiing community.

What’s even more surprising is that Gu decided to join from the host country, China. Notably, she recently signed with Victoria’s Secret and plans to attend Stanford after she scrambles for gold in Beijing.

“I have decided to compete for China at the 2022 Winter Olympics,” San Francisco-born and bred Gu announced in a 2019 tweet, months after she won her first World Cup in Italy at the age of 15.

“The opportunity to help inspire millions of young people where my mother was born, during the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help promote the sport I love.”

Jen Hudak reacts to Gu .’s controversial last-minute call

Jen Hudak
Jen Hudak

Immediately after Eileen made her decision public, she received much criticism from social media users as well as former American athletes. Meanwhile, Jen Hudaka former Winter X Olympics gold medalist for the US women’s team, said:

“It’s not my place to judge, but Eileen is from California, not from China, and her decision [to ski for China] looks opportunistic”.

“She became an athlete like she is because she grew up in the United States, where she had access to top gyms and training that, as a woman, she might not available in China,” Hudak told The Post. “I think she would be a different skier if she grew up in China.

“This makes me sad,added Hudak, who retired in 2014 after a knee injury derailed her career and has since co-founded Escapod Trailers. “It’s nice to see the medals being shipped to the US.”

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