Olympic Games 2022 live: latest medal count and results

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Eileen Gu did what she planned to do.

Gu, the 18-year-old Californian who represents China at the Beijing Games, had already won two medals in freestyle skiing events. She took gold in big air last week and narrowly missed another in slopestyle on Tuesday, finishing with silver.

On Friday, she entered the halfpipe – which she says is the best of her three events – looking for a trifecta.

With a large crowd of Chinese fans cheering her on every lap, she easily scored a 95.25 in her second run, putting her well above the rest of the field. By the time she was ready for her third run, she had already won gold.

Her victory in the halfpipe completed the goal she had set for the Winter Olympics: winning three medals for China.

Goal

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China

95.25
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Canada

90.75
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Canada

87.75

Gu was going to attempt one last run with a tough cork 10, to show off a bit, but teammate Kexin Zhang fell and hit her head, then struggled to get up before hurtling down the halfpipe. This caused Gu to reconsider a risky run.

“It kind of woke me up, and I’d never done a lap of honor before in my whole life, so I was like, ‘You know what, the last event at the Olympics, I got the feel like I finally deserve it,'” she said. noted. “I am very happy.”

The Canadians came on strong after Gu, with Cassie Sharpe taking silver and Rachael Karker bronze. Sharpe, who won gold in the halfpipe at the 2018 Olympics, returned from knee surgery last year.

“I went through hell last year, so I’m so grateful that all the pieces I worked so hard on came together today,” she said.

Gu’s competition also included her main rival, Kelly Sildaru of Estonia, the only other woman to compete in all three of Gu’s events. Sildaru, who finished fourth, said the halfpipe was a little slow on Friday when it was windy, especially the right wall. But she was happy with her performance.

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“These Olympics have been amazing,” she said. “I’m just happy now that I can go home and rest a bit.” She won a medal, a bronze in slopestyle.

The United States had a strong contingent, led by Hanna Faulhaber, 17, who finished fourth at the world championships last year, and Brita Sigourney, 32, who won Olympic bronze four years ago. Faulhaber was sixth, Sigourney 10th and Carly Margulies 11th in the 12-woman final.

Gu has drawn international attention – and some debate – for her decision in 2019 to represent her mother’s homeland.

The decision was barely noted as she was 15 and the Beijing Olympics were almost three years away. Now Gu dominates his sport and finds himself straddling a growing geopolitical divide between his two countries.

Yan Gu, Eileen’s mother, was born in Shanghai and raised in Beijing, the daughter of a government engineer. She emigrated to the United States about 30 years ago for postgraduate studies and settled in San Francisco.

Eileen Gu, raised in San Francisco, became a model, representing luxury brands like Louis Vuitton and Tiffany. She has so many sponsorships in China that she is ubiquitous in advertisements and receives rave coverage from state media.

Gu said she wanted to be a bridge between the United States and China while inspiring young women and helping China’s fledgling winter sports industry grow. She and her mother declined to discuss the thorny geopolitical issues that involve rival countries.

Gu knows that the last two weeks will change his life forever.

“It’s been two straight weeks of the most intense highs and lows I’ve ever had in my life,” she said.

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