Updated Feb 8, 2022 - Sports

U.S.-born teen skier Eileen Gu wins Olympic gold in big air freestyle

Eileen Gu, of China, reacts after winning the women's freestyle skiing big air finals of the 2022 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022, in Beijing.
Eileen Gu, of China, reacts after winning the women's freestyle skiing big air finals at the 2022 Winter Olympics on Feb. 8 in Beijing. Photo: Jae C. Hong/Associated Press

Eileen Gu, the 18-year-old U.S.-born skier, won gold for China in the big air freestyle at the Beijing Olympics on Tuesday morning local time.

Details: Gu achieved a career-first 1620 to score 94.50 for the win.

The big picture: The teenager was born in San Francisco to an American father and Chinese-born mother.

  • Gu announced in 2019 that she hoped that by representing China she would "inspire millions of young people where my mom was born," in Shanghai.
  • "Through skiing, I hope to unite people, promote common understanding, create communication, and forge friendships between nations," she added.

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Editor's note: This article has been updated with further details on Gu's background.

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