Gu has impressed Chinese fans with her successes, seducing them with her knowledge of Chinese culture and loving her strong Beijing accent.
Many rumors suggested that she might be carrying the Olympic torch. She did so in a Chinese promotional short film was reported to have had 100 million views in two days. In the end, Gu and a famous Chinese actor ran with the Olympic torch on the Great Wall.
The ability to rotate
A few days after Gu returned to Switzerland from the Paris fashion event in October at the Louvre museumshe was at ice training camp above Saas-Fee, honing her freestyle skiing tricks.
Gu is one of the few skiers or snowboarders to compete at the highest level in both the skiing and snowboarding genres. (At the Olympics, those who qualify for diving will also take part in the grand aerial competition, a single giant man-made jump that has been erected in the Beijing metropolis.)
On the glacier, Gu stands out. She’s tall (5 feet 9 inches) and lanky, in a sport where many athletes are small and muscular, more like gymnasts than models. She wears a hip-length coat – some days black, some days red – with a large dragon on her back. Her hair, with a hint of blonde, has been pulled back to the front of her Red Bull helmet.
In terms of athletics, the main thing that separates Gu from her rivals is her ability rotate in four different directions – left or right while sliding forward or backward. Another thing is that she is constantly training.
Fly, flip, twist, land; fly, flip, twist, land. Catch the T-bar. Say it again.
Weeks later, in December, Gu won the grand slam in Colorado. After the awards ceremony, and after photos and hugs with the people she beat again, Gu is on her way to training in a sloppy style course.
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