#57 Eileen Gu, an 18-year old top influencer 谷爱凌,从热爱到顶峰

Podcast Transcript

大家好,欢迎回来MaoMi Chinese。最近冬季奥运会在北京举行。有一位18岁的女孩获得了全世界的关注。她叫谷爱凌,一个只有18岁的滑雪运动员。这个天才女孩展示了各种各样的可能性。今天我们一起来聊一聊谷爱凌。

谷爱凌原来是美国人,但是后来加入了中国国籍,开始代表中国参加滑雪比赛。她的妈妈是中国北京人,她的爸爸是美国人。谷爱凌的妈妈是单身妈妈,谷爱凌从小和妈妈一起生活。她的妈妈是兼职的滑雪教练,在谷爱凌只有三岁的时候,妈妈把她带到滑雪场的学校,谷爱凌开始对滑雪有了很大的兴趣。她2012年开始参加滑雪比赛,2017年开始代表美国参加世界比赛,但是在2019年,她宣布她加入中国国籍,代表中国参加比赛。刚开始的时候,很多网民不理解,一些美国网民说她是叛徒,也有一些中国网民不看好她。不管别人怎么评价,谷爱凌依然享受滑雪,享受挑战,她拿了很多的世界冠军。今年,她在北京冬季奥运会,也拿了滑雪比赛的金牌。她不仅滑雪滑得很好,她的学习也很好。在美国的SAT考试,她拿了1580分,接近满分,她也被斯坦福大学录取。她也有很多爱好,喜欢弹钢琴,打篮球。她也是一个模特。

现在,谷爱凌几乎是中国互联网上最受欢迎的人,很多人都非常喜欢她。一个很重要的原因是,哪怕很辛苦,她总是很快乐,很享受所有的挑战,对世界总是充满热情和好奇心。对于大部分中国人来说,这是很不一样的。很长一段时间里,中国的学校都喜欢“挫折教育”。“挫折教育”,意思是让孩子习惯挫折。中国的传统观念认为,痛苦是很有意义的,它可以帮助人们成长,帮助人们成功。很多中国孩子,如果考试没有满分,他们会很难过,觉得自己不够好。但是谷爱凌让大家看到了另一种可能性:哪怕遇到挫折,我们也可以享受。哪怕输了,我们也可以快乐。

谷爱凌和中国美国都有很多联系。她在美国出生长大,接受美国的教育。她每年都会和妈妈姥姥一起回中国,她还在北京参加过数学的暑假补习班,因为中国中学生的数学比美国中学生的数学好得多。她也很喜欢中国菜,她说她最喜欢的中国菜是北京的烤鸭还有饺子。她的中文也说得很流利,我们一起来听一听吧:

 “这个是冬奥会,所以很多很多不同的人,国际上的人,都能看到这个。我觉得这个是一个非常重要的一秒钟,去代表自己,代表自己的体育和比赛精神。我一直说我不是来这儿打败其他运动员,我不是为了滑得比其他人好,我是想打破自己的界限,做一些以前没有想到是可能的事情,我想滑到自己的最好。”

她说她不是来打败其他运动员的,她想打破自己的界限,她想打败的是过去的自己。她不是为了赢,她是为了享受比赛。

很多人都在谷爱凌身上得到了勇气,谷爱凌也让人们看到了很多的可能性。她还会给大家带来什么惊喜呢?让我们拭目以待吧!

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!

 

 

 

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

Scroll to Top