Chinese netizens leave warm messages for skier Gu Ailing


“Thank you for the positive energy you gave me!” “We all love you!” Chinese netizens flocked to China’s Twitter-like Sina Weibo platform to leave warm messages for Olympic gold medalist skier Gu Ailing, also known as Eileen Gu, after she posted “Thank you China” on Wednesday evening as she prepared to leave the country.

The post, saying “Thank you China” with a Chinese national flag and a heart Emoji, had attracted more than 333,000 likes and more than 44,000 comments on Weibo by Thursday night.

“So happy to know you last winter. You lit up the darkness like a little sun. Thank you for the positive energy and the surprises you have brought us over the past few months. I wish you the best of luck and we will miss you !” a netizen commented on Weibo.

Gu also posted a message on Instagram on the same day, saying, “Thank you China for an unforgettable few months and endless love.”

Gu first came into public view on June 6, 2019, when she announced on Weibo that she would represent the Chinese team at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. In the same month, Gu changed her registered nationality from United States in China on the official website of the International Snow Federation.

Over the next two years, she won 12 gold medals for China. More and more people become familiar with Gu, a girl who loves to eat dumplings and Peking duck, especially when they found out that Gu’s Beijing-accented Putonghua is “more standard than mine.”

She shook the Chinese community after winning her first Winter Olympics gold medal in the big air freestyle event. In total, she won two gold medals and one silver at the Beijing Winter Olympics.

Gu was the most talked about athlete on Chinese social media platforms during the Winter Games, not only because of his early decision to represent China instead of the United States and his remarkable talent, but also for his unwavering energy and enthusiasm for skiing. She inspired many young Chinese people, who said Gu was a global idol who represents sportsmanship.

“I think she’s very cool. She’s inspired a lot of my friends to take up ‘exciting and dangerous’ sports like skiing, ice hockey and motorbike scrambling,” one netizen said.

Gu also attended a ceremony on April 8 recognizing people who have made outstanding contributions to Beijing’s hosting of the Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.


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