Eileen Gu Wins Second Olympic Medal After Claiming Silver in Women's Freeski Slopestyle

Medal # 2️⃣ for Eileen Gu. 🥈

The 18-year-old earns her second Olympic medal of the 2022 #WinterOlympics in women's freeski slopestyle.

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US-born freestyle skier Eileen Gu, who represents China, won the silver medal in women's freeski slopestyle at the 2022 Winter Olympics. Switzerland's Mathilde Gremaud claimed gold, and Estonia's Kelly Sildaru took home the bronze. Eighteen-year-old Gu was born and raised in California but made the decision to compete for her mother's native country of China in 2019 in order to inspire other young Chinese skiers. This is medal number two for Gu, after she won gold in women's big air last week.

Freeskiing slopestyle is scored similarly to freesking halfpipe, but instead of a big U-shaped halfpipe, the course has obstacle features like rails, jumps, and other elements, which athletes can use creatively to improve their scores. A panel of either five or six judges award overall "impression" scores from one to 100. Judges credited Gu with a 69.90 after the first round, slotting her into third place. After a fall in the second round, she fell into eighth place. Gu's final run totaled 86.23, just over .33 points behind Gremaud.

"Genuinely had so much fun skiing today, and can't wait for halfpipe coming up next! Congrats to all the girls for inspiring me and pushing the sport as always," Gu wrote on Instagram. We're excited to see what Gu can do — and whether there's another medal in her future.

ZHANGJIAKOU, CHINA - FEBRUARY 15: Silver medallist Ailing Eileen Gu of Team China poses with their medal during the Women's Freestyle Skiing Freeski Slopestyle medal ceremony on Day 11 of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games at Zhangjiakou Medal Plaza on
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