She is the first freestyle skier to capture three medals at the same Games ― two gold, one silver.
Gu, born in San Francisco but choosing to compete for her mother’s homeland of China to inspire girls there, celebrated in style. Having already clinched the gold before her final run, the Stanford-bound Gu savored the moment as she casually made her way down the pipe.
“I was very emotional at the top and I chose to do a victory lap,” Gu told The Associated Press. “Because I felt like, for the first time, I really deserved it and I really earned it.”
Gu, who’s also a model, gave herself one more title: “Eileen Gu, three-time Olympic medalist.”
“That just is insane for me to think about,” she told NBC.