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by far one of the biggest headlines



going into the beijing winter olympics



is the fascinating story of eileen gu an



18 year old girl born in san francisco



who two and a half years ago made a



surprising decision that she would



represent china and not america at the



2022 winter olympics in today's video



i'm going to break down why her story



has constant outrage amongst the us



skiing community but most importantly i



want to share with everybody the real



reason eileen goo has chosen to



represent china instead of america grab



your popcorn it's going to be a fun



episode today



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let's start from the beginning who is



ilingu eileen is the child of a chinese



mother an american father and grew up in



california she learned to ski in lake



tahoe and has received the bulk of her



training in america much more than a



skier eileen has an impressive list of



accomplishments at only 18 years of age



she plays the piano other sports like



golf nearly achieved a perfect score on



her sats and will start her college



career at the prestigious stanford



university this fall finally eileen is



also an accomplished fashion model with



companies like louis vuitton and tiffany



and co building an entire marketing



campaigns around her it seems there is



nothing that this young woman can't do



but not everybody in america admires the



path eileen has chosen for her career



jen hudak a former winter x games gold



medalist for the united states women's



team recently shared her thoughts on



eileen it's not my place to judge but



eileen is from california not from china



and her decision to ski for china seems



opportunistic she became the athlete she



is because she grew up in the united



states where she had access to premier



training grounds and coaching that as a



female she might not have had in china i



think she would be a different skier if



she grew up in china now let's break



down these comments and first i do want



to recognize the truth in gen statements



there is no doubt about it america



invests a tremendous amount of money



into its olympic program and no doubt



american coaching and training have



benefited eileen she most definitely



benefited from living in america however



coaching is only half of the equation



the other half is raw talent and this is



something that cannot be coached or



developed you were either born with it



or you were not and eileen's talent in



skiing is second to none she is expected



to sweep the three events she will



compete in and realistically can walk



away from the 2022 winter olympics with



three gold medals jen hudak doubled down



on her comments this makes me sad it



would be nice to see the medals going to



america sure we can speculate that



eileen would have been a different skier



if she grew up in china but when you



have the most talent in your sport it



doesn't matter where you grew up you



will rise to the top a great example of



this is the nba superstar giannis



antetokounmpo son of nigerian immigrants



to greece giannis was born in athens and



as a child worked selling sunglasses on



the sides of the streets in order to



help his family survive giannis



eventually started playing basketball



and battled extreme racism growing up in



greece but he was born with the talent



of being one of the best basketball



players on the planet eventually giannis



made it to the nba and last year won his



first nba championship with the



milwaukee bucks greece has a decent



basketball program but it could never



compete to the system of coaching and



developing that america has developed



did janice's childhood in greece change



the type of player ghanas grew up as of



course it did but his raw talent still



brought giannis to the top of the



basketball world regardless of what



country he was born in i think eileen



fits in this category her training and



lifestyle would have been different if



she grew up in china but her raw talent



would have been the x factor that brings



her to the top of the skiing world no



matter what country she was born in but



what is the real reason that eileen goo



decided to represent china well let's go



back to june 6 2019 when she made the



formal announcement on her instagram



account and wrote the following i have



decided to compete for china in the



upcoming 2022 winter olympics this was



an incredibly tough decision for me to



make i am extremely thankful for the us



ski and snowboard and the chinese ski



association for having the vision and



belief in me to make my dreams come true



i am proud of my heritage and equally



proud of my american upbringings the



opportunity to help inspire millions of



young people where my mom was born



during the 2022 beijing olympic winter



games is a once in a lifetime



opportunity to help promote the sport i



love through skiing i hope to unite



people promote common understanding



create communication and forge



friendships between nations if i can



help to inspire one young girl to break



a boundary my wishes will have come true



love america love china let's break down



eileen's comment further to understand



this very important decision the first



thing she mentioned was the difficulty



in making this decision there is no



doubt that eileen loves america it is



the country she knows best and like all



americans we absolutely love our



homeland however notice the next thing



she says i'm extremely proud of my



heritage eileen's mother yen is from



beijing growing up she was a strong



tiger mom first introducing her daughter



to skiing and making sure her daughter



never forgot her chinese roots one of



the best examples of this is the



flawless level of mandarin that eileen



speaks in america it's not always easy



to raise children to speak both english



and mandarin fluently and i can speak



from personal experience on this my wife



is chinese she speaks fluent cantonese



and mandarin and despite having a father



that also speaks chinese we struggle to



speak enough chinese in the home our



family's main language is english and



although our children are learning



mandarin they do not speak it at a



fluent native level to be honest this is



something my wife and i really do need



to improve on what i really love about



eileen's decision comes out in the next



sentence when she says the opportunity



to help inspire millions of young people



where my mom was born is a once in a



lifetime opportunity to help promote the



sport i love with beijing hosting the



winter olympics this was a major factor



in eileen's decision to represent china



winter sports is growing tremendously in



china over the past 10 years millions of



chinese have started to learn winter



sports and even chinese president xi



jinping has said he would like to see



some 300 million chinese start to



participate in winter sports but the



chinese need a hero they need someone



they can look up to snowboarding is



already extremely popular in china in



fact earlier last month i had the chance



to interview two of china's top olympic



snowboarders one of whom leo dayu



already claimed an olympic silver medal



and the 2018 olympic games however china



doesn't have enough talent in skiing and



eileen goo could single-handedly changes



with her performance in beijing finally



let's look at the last statement eileen



said in her decision through skiing i



hope to unite people promote common



understanding create communication and



forge friendships between nations the



united states and china's relationship



is at an all-time low meanwhile asian



hate crime in america most specifically



towards our chinese-american community



as at an all-time high instead of



thinking eileen is ditching america for



china i want to challenge everyone to



think of this in a different context



eileen represents the future of our



world in 2013 national geographic



published a special edition entitled



what americans will look like in 2050



and this was the girl that graced the



cover of this issue look at her she is



absolutely stunning and represents the



future of our world a world that will



see more mixed-race children and more



cultures and nationalities blended



together i have to be honest i'm a



father of three mixed-race children and



i'm raising my children to be world



citizens i want my children to be



extremely proud of their chinese



heritage i'm an american and german dual



citizen my wife is chinese canadian our



daughter was born in hong kong she has



passports from each respective place and



in the future let's imagine that our



daughter becomes an olympian she could



represent the united states canada



germany or china whatever country



someone represents comes down to a



personal decision not a geopolitical one



however not everyone agrees julian coo a



constitutional law professor at hofstra



university and prominent voice on



chinese american issues went on to state



she's an athlete but she made a



political kind of decision to leave



behind the u.s and become chinese i



don't think she can dodge that anymore



today athletes in america talk about



non-sports related issues constantly



sometimes unsolicited the politics of



her decision are ugly julian is of



course speaking to the united states



decision to implement a diplomatic



boycott of the olympic games as they



accuse china of human rights violations



but professor ku is placing athletes in



a difficult position at the end of the



day athletes don't want to be involved



in a geopolitical conflict there are



more important things in this world to



focus on when pressed for an answer on



her decision eileen stated i'm an



athlete so i just do what i love and i



try to tell my own story i love skiing i



love fashion i love school and i love my



friends i'm an 18 year old girl growing



up and i just want to share my story and



so that's the only thing that i can do



as we conclude today's video i want



everyone to hear the words of jeff



ruffalo a former olympic volleyball



broadcaster and publicist who spent the



past two decades working for chinese



sports events the chinese are very



emotional people they don't show it but



when the door closes they become very



emotional and they know this woman who



is the best in the world has come to



them they are saying she chose us this



matters to them it means a lot to china



that she chose them now at this point in



the video i would like to share with



everybody my thoughts on eileen goo's



decision i believe that her decision to



represent china is a mature decision of



a young girl that realizes a rare



opportunity before her if she



represented america in the olympics how



many young american girls would she



inspire to take up skiing the reality is



very little because american skiing is



already so developed and the market is



so saturated even if eileen went to



beijing and captured three gold medals



for team usa it really wouldn't move the



needle for female sports in america



however by representing china eileen has



the chance to not only move the needle



she would become the needle in china she



single-handedly could inspire millions



of young girls in china to take up a



sport imagine eileen sweeps and wins



three gold medals for china this would



inspire an entire new generation of



female skiers inside the country 20



years from now china could become one of



the most dominant countries in the world



for female skiing and the next



generation of female skiers would all



say the same thing how did you get



started in the sport well it all started



when i was a young girl in china and i



watched eileen gu come to our country



represent china and win three gold



medals it was right there at that point



that i knew i wanted to become an



olympian and follow in eileen's



footsteps because of eileen i'm here



today as an olympic champion now of



course i'm only speculating on what



china's development and female skiing



will be in the future but again this is



the opportunity that is presented to



eileen goo right now and it's also the



very reason that every single sports



league wants a presence inside of china



the mba the nfl nhl mlb



every single major leagues from the



united states wants to have more



exposure to china and all of them dream



of having an athlete from china



competing in their league by far the



clearest example that we can give here



is the effect that yao ming had on



growing basketball inside of china and



the nba's brand inside of the country



one player can single-handedly change



the entire game and this is the



opportunity that eileen goo has in the



palm of her hands everyone i want to



thank you so much for making it to this



point in the video and the 2022 winter



olympics have officially begun in



beijing and i will be tuning in these



next couple of weeks and making sure



that i support these games support the



athletes and support the amazing stories



that they represent imagine if the



world's best skier wins gold at the



olympics and somehow brings the united



states and china closer together that



would be a gold medal for the future of



our entire world everybody i want to



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