Eileen Gu is a rising star in the world of freestyle skiing. The 18-year-old American-Chinese athlete has made history at the 2022 Beijing Olympics, winning three medals, two gold, and one silver, in the big air, slopestyle, and halfpipe events.
She is also a successful model, having appeared on the cover of Vogue China and signed with IMG Models. But does she have a boyfriend? The answer is no. Eileen Gu is single and focused on her career and education.
Who is Eileen Gu’s Boyfriend?
Eileen Gu may not have a romantic partner, but she has a special friendship with another Olympic medalist, Su Yiming. Su is a snowboarder who also won gold in the big air and silver in the slopestyle at the Beijing Games.
The two teenagers have known each other since they were young and have trained together on the slopes. They share a bond that goes beyond sports, as they both have dual nationalities and have faced questions about their identity and loyalty.
Su Yiming told Olympics.com that Eileen Gu is like his sister and that they always help and love each other. He also said that winning Olympic medals together was a special feeling that not many people have. Eileen Gu also expressed her admiration and appreciation for Su Yiming, calling him an inspiration and a legend.
How Did Eileen Gu Meet Her Childhood Friends?
Eileen Gu and Su Yiming met when they were very young, around 10 and 11 years old. They both loved winter sports and trained together at the same ski resort in Beijing. They would often swap their equipment and try each other’s disciplines. They even have a photo of them holding each other’s skis and snowboard when they were kids.
They grew up together, supporting and encouraging each other and sharing their dreams of becoming Olympic champions. They also had a lot in common, such as their bilingual backgrounds, their love for music and fashion, and their adventurous personalities.
Where Was Eileen Gu Raised?
Apparently, Eileen spent her childhood in the Sea Cliff district of San Francisco, as covered by the NYT. Her mother and Feng Guozhen, her maternal grandmother, live in the same house.
Looking out over the Golden Gate Bridge, her bedroom was situated. According to the Times, Eileen frequently features her grandma in her social media posts and short movies aimed at Chinese viewers.
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She Spends Part of Every Summer in Beijing
The New York Times reports that Eileen has spent the majority of her summers visiting friends and family in Beijing, and that she is also fluent in Mandarin Chinese. She shares on Instagram that she learned of the Winter Olympics’ selection of Beijing as the site while working at a summer camp there.
“I was ‘coaching’ a small Chinese trampoline summer camp in Beijing when we all gathered in front of the TV to watch the olympic 2022 bid,” the post’s caption says.
“Even then, I was resolute to achieve the two equally ambitious goals of 1) competing in the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and 2) spreading the (then-unheard of) sport of freeskiing in china. Having been introduced to the sport growing up in the US, I wanted to encourage Chinese skiers the same way my American role models inspired me. 9 years ago, I pitched the idea of a freeski competition. The result was the first slopestyle competition in china. Ever.”
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What Did Eileen Say About Her Decision on Instagram?
Eileen said on Instagram that choosing to compete for China was an “incredibly tough decision” for her, and she has since spoken publicly about the matter. “I am proud of my heritage, and equally proud of my American upbringings,” she wrote.
“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.”
Eileen said on Instagram that she is choosing to compete for China:
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Has Eileen Publicly Confirmed Giving Up Her U.S. Citizenship?
Most likely. ESPN claims that Eileen has never formally acknowledged giving up her American citizenship. However, China does not recognize dual citizenship, and the International Olympic Committee mandates that athletes possess passports for the nations they represent.
According to CNN, the government has urged the public to report those who secretly hold two passports because China prohibits multiple citizenship. The government is unlikely to grant an exception for an Olympic athlete, according to Donald Clarke, a professor of Chinese law at George Washington University Law School. There are very few exceptions to the rule.