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News - February 11, 2022

Around Town

UPDATES FROM BEIJING ... Olympians with ties to Palo Alto have made their mark on the Winter Games a week into the international competition. One of the most notable pieces of news so far came from 21-year-old skater Vincent Zhou, who dropped out from the men's individual competition after testing positive for COVID-19. "It seems pretty unreal that of all the people it would happen to myself," Zhou said on Monday in a five-minute Instagram video. Zhou will still leave Beijing with a silver medal that the U.S. earned in the team free skate, where he performed selections from the film "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" prior to receiving the positive test result. He plans to return to the ice at the world championships next month in France. Over at the Big Air Shougang stadium, incoming Stanford freshman Eileen Gu had people holding their breath as she competed in the women's freestyle skiing freeski big air finals. Gu, 18, won the gold for China in a tight race with France's Tess Ledeux. Gunn graduate Joanne Reid, the daughter of Olympic bronze medalist Beth (Heiden) Reid and the niece of five-time Olympic gold medalist Eric Heiden, finished in 57th place in the biathlon 15-kilometer individual event on Monday. In Pyeongchang four years ago, Reid finished 86th in the sprint, 22nd in individual, 15th in mixed relay and 13th in relay.

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Posted by dontliveinCA
a resident of another community
on Feb 14, 2022 at 2:07 pm

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Does anyone know yet if Eileen Gu gave up her US citizenship to be on the Chinese team? If so, that is reprehensible. She was born and raised in the USA. I read that she is doing the Olympics for China because they have such a huge population that it will benefit her financially as she can sell her "brands" to more people. If that is the case, Stanford should not be proud to have her as a student. Too bad it seems to be all about the money these many sports.

Posted by chris
a resident of University South
on Feb 14, 2022 at 4:33 pm

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Stanford has enrolled many, many Chinese citizens over the years. Gu made her decision when she was 15. She is advancing her career, not unlike a large number of students from the US and around the world. We'll see if her career goals interfere with her education at Stanford.

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