On December 26, a state media outlet in China released its top ten world athletes of 2022. Eileen Gu, a US-born Chinese freestyle skier, beat Argentine professional footballer Lionel Messi, to win the top spot, which caused some doubt among Chinese netizens.
Gu and Su represent the group of athletes atypical to China's Olympic teams – those scouted by amateurs and clubs, as opposed to the ones selected and trained from a young age within the state-sponsored sports system.
Eileen Gu, an American-born Chinese skier, completed her competition debut dressed in a "golden dragon ski suit" at the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games on Monday.
US-born Chinese skier Eileen Gu celebrated her second gold medal at this year’s Freestyle Ski and Snowboarding World Championships, which is hosted by the International Ski Federation (FIS), after securing an impressive score of 84.23.
Chinese skier Eileen Ailing Gu won her first gold medal since she announced that she would ski for China in the upcoming 2022 Winter Olympics.