Hello everyone. Welcome back to MaoMi Chinese. The Winter Olympics is now being hosted in Beijing. An 18-year-old girl got attention from everyone around the world. Her name is Eileen Gu, a skiing athlete who is only 18. This genius girl showed all kinds of possibilities. Today let’s talk about Eileen Gu.
Eileen was originally American, but later got Chinese citizenship and started to take part in skiing matches representing China. Her mum is from Beijing, China and her dad is American. Eileen Gu’s mum is a single mum and Eileen lived with her mum since she was little. When Eileen was only 3, her mum took her to the school in a ski area, when she started to develop an interest in skiing. She started to take part in skiing competitions in 2012 and represented the USA to take part in worldwide competitions in 2017. However, in 2019 she announced that she had got Chinese citizenship and decided to represent China to take part in the competitions. In the beginning, many Internet users did not show understanding. Some American internet users said that she was a traitor. There were also some Chinese users who did not appreciate her. Regardless of the judgement of other people, Eileen still enjoys skiing and taking challenges. She won lots of championships in worldwide competitions. This year in the Beijing Winter Olympics, she also won a championship in skiing. She is not only good at skiing but also studying. In the SAT exams in America, she got a score of 1580, which is nearly full marks. She was also admitted to Stanford University. She has many hobbies as well, for example, playing the piano and playing basketball. She is also a model.
Eileen has now almost become the most popular person on the Chinese Internet and many people really like her. One of the most important reasons is that she is always happy, enjoying all challenges, full of curiosity and passion for the world, even though it’s very difficult. To most Chinese people, this is something very different. For a long period of time, Chinese schools liked 'frustration education', which means letting children get used to having setbacks. In the traditional Chinese idea, suffering is meaningful and can help people grow and succeed. Many Chinese children would feel very upset if they did not get full marks in exams. They might think that they are not good enough. However, Eileen Gu shows another possibility to people, which is we can still enjoy it even if meet some setbacks and we can still be happy even we lose.
Eileen has lots of connections with both the USA and China. She was born and grew up in the USA and had an education there. Every year she comes back to China with her mum and grandma. She also joined some summer Math tutoring classes, because Chinese students are better at math than American students. She also likes Chinese food. She said her favorite Chinese food is Beijing roast duck and dumplings. Her Chinese is also very fluent. Let’s have a listen.
“This is Winter Olympics so many different people around the world can see it. I think this is the second of great importance to represent myself, my spirit of sports and competition. I always say that I am not coming here to beat other athletes or ski better than others do. I am here to break my own limitation. I am here to do something that I didn’t think it’s possible. I want to ski the best of myself.”
She said she’s not here to beat other athletes. She was here to break her own limitation and beat the old her. She was not here to win but to enjoy the game.
Many people were encouraged by Eileen and she also shows people many possibilities. What other surprise that she is going to show us? Let’s wait and see!