Eileen Gu fans temporarily crashed China’s leading social media platform on Tuesday, as tens of millions rushed online to celebrate the teenage freeski sensation winning her first gold medal of the Beijing Winter Olympics.
American-born Gu, 18, jumped into the top position at the women’s big air competition with her third run, scoring 94.5 with a 1620 and a perfect landing – making her total score 188.25 in the event’s debut at the Winter Olympics.
She narrowly beat out France’s Tess Ledeux, who took silver with a score of 187.50. Switzerland’s Mathilde Gremaud won the bronze.
“That was the best moment of my life. The happiest moment, day, whatever – of my life. I just cannot believe what just happened,” said Gu after her win, according to the Olympic site.