Eileen Feng Gu, also known by her Chinese name Gu Ailing, is a freestyle skier, two-time Olympic gold medalist, and model. She has competed for China in halfpipe, slopestyle, and big air events since 2019. Gu competed for the United States at the 2018–19 FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup.
What Is Eileen Gu Nationality?
Eileen Gu, who was born in the United States to an American father and a first-generation Chinese immigrant mother, has competed for China since June 2019 after requesting a change of nation with the International Ski Federation.
Her ambition was to represent China in the 2022 Winter Olympics. In announcing the change, she stated that she hopes to “inspire millions of young people” in China through skiing, as well as “unite people, promote common understanding, create communication, and forge friendships between nations.”
Eileen Gu has refused to reveal her nationality. China does not recognize dual citizenship, and the Chinese Consulate General in New York told the BBC that Gu would have to be naturalized or have permanent residency status in China to compete for the Chinese team.
“Nobody can deny I’m American, nobody can deny I’m Chinese,” Gu said in interviews.
“When I’m in the United States, I’m American; when I’m in China, I’m Chinese,” she added.
Who Is Eileen Gu?
Gu Yongjun was born on September 3, 2003, in San Francisco, California, to a Chinese-American mother and an American father. She was raised by her mother and grandmother and speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese and English.
In February 2021, Gu was admitted to Stanford University, an alma mater of her mother, and will begin studies after the 2022 Winter Olympics.