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Eileen Gu Isn’t Only U.S. Athlete Competing for Another Nation

  • At least 15 other Americans are under different flags
  • Olympic charter rule allows for switching nationalities
Eileen Gu
Eileen GuPhotographer: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

American-born Olympic freestyle skier Eileen Gu has been the target of online criticism after winning gold for China, her mother’s birthplace, but she’s hardly the only athlete competing under a different nationality.

The Stanford-bound Gu is one of the stars of the Beijing Winter Olympics, and has modeled for global brands including Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Tiffany & Co. The Wall Street Journal reported that Gu, born in San Francisco, has racked up deals with more than 30 brands.