Eileen Gu soars to hat-trick of medals at Beijing Games with freeski halfpipe gold

This time Eileen Gu didn’t leave things late. After her first two events at the Winter Games came down to nail-biting finishes,

the emerging American-born superstar representing China lay waste to all-comers in the Olympic freeski halfpipe final,

adding to her big air gold and slopestyle silver to complete an unprecedented hat-trick of medals in the mountains north west of Beijing.

The 18-year-old soared into history on Friday morning in becoming the first action-sports athlete to win three medals at a single Olympics – missing out on triple gold by a fraction of a point in Tuesday’s slopestyle

making good on years of hype that only intensified in the months leading up to the Beijing Games and grew to deafening levels over the past fortnight as her culture-straddling origin story has become the subject of intense public scrutiny on both sides of the Pacific

“It has been two straight weeks of the most intense highs and lows I’ve ever experienced in my life,” said Gu, who became the youngest person to win three individual medals in the history of the Winter Olympics

“It has changed my life for ever. The second I landed the last 16 in big air I knew my life was never going to be the same

Even then I would have never imagined that I’d walk away with another silver and another gold

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