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American Teen Freestyle Skier Competing With Team China in 2022 Olympics

Credit: US Ski and Snowboard
In the Olympics, the rules are that a person with dual citizenship may compete for the country of there choosing. This is something that isn't always easy to do with China. China does not recognize dual citizenship. However, one of the young skiers from the U.S. has found a way.

Eileen Gu, a 15-year-old freestyle skier, has announced that she has decided to ski for China in the upcoming 2022 Olympic games in Beijing.



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I have decided to compete for China in the upcoming 2022 Winter Olympics. This was an incredibly tough decision for me to make. I am extremely thankful for U.S. Ski & Snowboard ( @usfreeskiteam ) and the Chinese Ski Association for having the vision and belief in me to make my dreams come true. I am proud of my heritage, and equally proud of my American upbringings. The opportunity to help inspire millions of young people where my mom was born, during the 2022 Beijing Olympic Winter Games is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help to promote the sport I love. Through skiing, I hope to unite people, promote common understanding, create communication, and forge friendships between nations. If I can help to inspire one young girl to break a boundary, my wishes will have come true. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ πŸ‡¨πŸ‡³ ❤️
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Gu was born in the United States to an American father and a Chinese mother. Though no official statement has been reported about how this decision will affect her U.S. citizenship, she has changed her nationality with the International Ski Federation.

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