Eileen Gu joins Salt Lake City Winter Games committee bid

Gu said that her desire to be involved with Salt Lake City's Winter Games bid was about making skiing visibleDanielle Parhizkaran/USA TODAY Sports

Chinese Gold Medal-winning freestyle skier Eileen Gu has "signed on to work for Salt Lake City's bid for the 2030 or 2034 Winter Olympics," according to Stephen Wade of the AP. Bid committee spokesperson Tom Kelly confirmed Gu's participation as an "athlete representative." At the Time100 Summit in Salt Lake City, Gu called herself an "ambassador." The 18-year-old Gu was born in the U.S. to a Chinese mother, but competed for China at the Beijing Games. Gu said skiing and her position with the bid committee was a "beautiful example of globalism." Her move to work for the U.S. bid "could eventually damage her popularity in China," particularly in a time of "heightened geopolitical tensions between the two countries" (AP, 6/8).

FAN SUPPORT: In Hong Kong, Josh Ball writes a "growing chorus" of Gu fans have "taken to Weibo to show support [for] her decision to serve as an ambassador for the US bid." More than 220 million people so far "responded to a hashtag, with comments overwhelmingly in support of the teenager's decision to side with the Salt Lake City bid." Gu said that her desire to be involved with the U.S. Olympic bid was "not about that country or China, it was about making skiing visible 'where it wasn't before'" (SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST, 6/8).

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