Two-time gold medalist in Beijing, the youngest Olympic champion in freestyle skiing, a national hero and now an author.
After writing her name in the Beijing 2022 history books, China’s Eileen Gu is looking to write her own work.
At just 18, Gu became the first freestyle skier in history to win three medals at the Games, winning gold in the halfpipe and big air events.
Born and raised in California, Gu chose to compete for China in 2019, where her mother was born.
Now, after his historic Games, Gu seeks to share his unique journey in written form.
“I’m writing a book,” she told reporters at her final Beijing 2022 press conference.
“I have been writing journals for years because I knew my way of growing up was different, interesting and special, I would love to share it with everyone in the future.”
She was hailed as the “pride of China” after winning her first gold medal and has since won more medals than anyone else for the country at the Games.
As records continue to fall in his wake, Gu said these accolades serve a larger purpose of representation beyond pure personal achievement.
“Extreme sports, we all know, are heavily male-dominated and stereotypically haven’t had the kind of athletic representation and fairness that they should,” Gu said.
“So I think as a young biracial woman, it’s super important to be able to reach those milestones and be able to push the limits – not just my own limits, but the sport’s limits and the record book’s limits because that’s what the past opens up for the next generation of girls.
“If you see yourself in the sport, it totally changes your perception of what you can do there.
“So my biggest goal is one, to have fun for myself, but also to break the boundaries of the boxes that people are placed in.”