- Aug 7, 2018
I am sure folks have seen the Eileen Gu story. I am mixed on it. I think I am more forgiving of athletes that go to represent non-native countries (ie. they have no tie to that country other than blood relation) if their native country does not have the opportunity for them to represent them. We have seen this in the gymnastics world, most recently with Danusia Francis, I know of other US gymnast that represented Dominican Republic because of obvious limitations. But the Gu story feels different. She most certainly could have represented the US, she came up through the US system, lives in US, is going to attend Stanford but yet decided to represent China in the Olympics, most likely because the $$ opportunities are greater as a Chinese Olympian that a US Olympian in the niche sport that she competes in. Does she deserve the criticism that is coming her way? Idk, maybe its that little bit of US pride that makes me a little upset about this. Whats also bothers me is that she has been murky on her citizenship. China is supposed to have a no dual citizenship policy for their athletes so technically she was supposed to renounce her US citizenship, but when pressed she gets vague.