ESPN Honors Athlete Who Renounced US Citizenship To Compete For China In Olympics

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ESPN honored Eileen Gu, who renounced her U.S. citizenship to compete for China in the Olympics last year, at the 2022 ESPYS on Wednesday night.

“After winning three medals at the Olympics, Eileen Gu takes home the prize,” the organization tweeted. Gu was awarded the Best Breakthrough Athlete award.

“I also wanna share this moment with all the incredible pioneering female athletes who have come before me, who paved the way for people like me,” Gu said while accepting her award. (RELATED: REPORT: Skier Jen Hudak Calls Out American Who Is Competing For China, Says It ‘Seems Opportunistic’)

After thanking her mother for showing her “what it means to be a strong empowered woman,” Gu closed her speech with some words in Chinese.

“I have decided to compete for China in the upcoming 2022 Winter Olympics,” Gu, whose mother was born in China, said in a June 2019 Instagram post. “I am extremely thankful or U.S. Ski and Snowboard and the Chinese Ski Association for having the vision and belief in me to make my dreams come true.