Behind the ‘opportunistic’ Olympic defection that left the US stunned

She could be America’s next Olympic darling — a stunning 18-year-old skier who signed with Victoria’s Secret and plans to attend Stanford University after she vies for gold in Beijing.

Instead, in a move that’s baffled members of the American skiing community, San Francisco-born-and-bred Gu has joined Team China.

US-born Chinese skier Eileen Gu poses on the red carpet of 2019 InStyle Women of Times.

Ailing Eileen Gu of Team China poses for a picture after placing first in the Women's Freeski Halfpipe competition.

Eileen Gu and her mum.

“I think she would be a different skier if she grew up in China.”

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