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17-year-old becomes first Chinese athlete to win X Games gold

Congratulations to future superstar Eileen Gu on becoming the first Chinese person to win gold at the Winter X Games. According to SCMP, the 17-year-old won three medals at the Winter X Games this past weekend. She won two gold medals and a bronze medal becoming the first rookie to win three medals in the Winter X Games twenty-year history.

“This is something I wouldn’t even dare to dream of,” she said, reports the Aspen Times. “I came into this contest with a goal of getting one podium, and I thought that was ambitious. It’s really just the adrenaline of my first X Games and being so hyped to be here that it was able to get me through. I probably am going to go hibernate for 24 hours straight now and not talk to anybody because I’m exhausted now. But I couldn’t be happier.”

The Winter X Games took place this year in Aspen, Colorado in front of no crowd because of the coronavirus. Gu won her first medal, a bronze on Friday in the “women’s ski bag air” category. She followed that up by winning gold medals in the “women’s ski superpipe contest” and the “women’s ski slopestyle contest.”

Eileen Gu or Gu Ailing is the daughter of a Chinese mother and an American father. The San Francisco native regularly visited China with her mother and she said she’s competing for China in the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Gu will be a huge medal hopeful for China in 2022. Besides skiing competitively, she is a model and is scheduled to start studying at Stanford in 2022.

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