Ailing (Eileen) Gu's silver a "dream come true" after tense Olympic freeski slopestyle final at Beijing 2022

China star Gu had been aiming for a second freestyle skiing gold at these Winter Olympic Games. The 18-year-old big air champion ended up clinching slopestyle silver in Zhangjiakou.

By James Pratt in Zhangjiakou
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Ailing (Eileen) Gu picked up her second medal at Beijing 2022, taking silver in the women's freeski slopestyle event on Tuesday (15 February)

She described it as a "dream come true" to finish on the podium after claiming big air gold in her first event at these Winter Olympics.

China's Gu had a solid first run but fell in the second at the Genting Snow Park. She needed a big score with her final effort in the final, and performed incredibly well under pressure. Again.

"Today was great. I'm really, really happy," she told after the event in Zhangjiakou.

"I keep bringing it down to the last moment, but at least I'm giving you a show, keeping everyone on the edge of their seats."

"More than anything, to be able to be at the Olympics, to grab a silver medal after a gold medal, you know, this is absolutely a dream come true, and to be able to represent the sport and represent women's skiing on such a large platform has always been my biggest goal."

"! hope that, you know, maybe there's a young girl at home watching TV, and the first time they hear about freestyle skiing or freeskiing is from a young bi-racial girl, who maybe looks just like her and thinks, 'if she can do it, I can too.'

"So I think walking away from this, that is the biggest 'gold medal', and the medals that I actually have won are just rewards for the hard work I put into this sport."

The 18-year-old shared the podium with winner Mathilde Gremaud of Switzerland, and bronze medallist Kelly Sildaru from Estonia.

Gu's quest for three gold medals in China is over, but she has gold and silver from her two events so far at these Winter Olympic Games

She won gold with a spectacular showing in the big air earlier in the Games.

Gu has one more competition remaining - the freestyle ski halfpipe.

More to follow. The run-by-run summary and full results are here.

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