By Dorothy Du

“When I’m in the U.S., I’m American, but when I’m in China, I’m Chinese,” Eileen Gu says. The American-born skier and Olympic champion has become a controversial athlete following her decision to represent the Chinese team at the recent Winter Olympics in Beijing.

The world-wide attention she has received is not only because of her outstanding athletic abilities but also due to her background. 

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Gu decided to represent her mother’s country, China. This was a huge surprise to many Americans, especially during a time when the relationship between the two countries has become increasingly tense. The 18-year-old girl was labeled a “traitor”…

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