An American ski star who was born and raised in California and plans to attend Stanford University in the fall just won gold while competing for China at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing — and the news is generating mixed reactions on social media. What are the details?
Eileen Gu, 18, first made headlines in 2019 when she announced that she would be competing in the Olympics under the flag of her mother’s home country, China. Gu was raised all of her life in California by an American father and a Chinese mother.
But now, with newfound international fame and an Olympic gold medal under her belt for the women’s freeski big air event , her controversial decision to compete for China has drawn more intense scrutiny. Gu for GOLD. nnEileen Gu wins Women’s Big Air gold with a double cork 1620 on her final run. #WinterOlympicspic.twitter.com/VMC8T19xvB — NBC Sports (@NBC Sports) 1644290373 While many commenters on social media celebrated Gu’s victory on Tuesday, others justifiably questioned why the up-and-coming celebrity would use her talents to serve a communist country known for authoritarian rule and long suspected of committing human rights atrocities.
Notably, former Missouri lawmaker Claire McCaskill said , “I don’t get it. And never will. I think it is wrong for an American to compete for China.”
“China represses free speech,” she added, and “is well known for their human rights violations,” including the country’s forced labor tactics against the Muslim Uyghur population in the northwest region of China.
McCaskill went on to ask a question that many have asked Gu since the start of the Olympics: “Did she abandon her U.S. citizenship or not?”
It remains unclear whether Gu has renounced her U.S. citizenship, a move that is normally required for Chinese naturalization since the country does not allow dual […]
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