Gu Ailing Eileen makes Forbes China 30 Under 30 list; youngest person recognised

Olympic medallists Chen Aisen, Zhao Shuai, Sui Wenjing, and Han Cong were also recognised alongside the double Youth Olympic Games champion.

By ZK Goh

Two-time Youth Olympic Games freestyle ski champion Gu Ailing Eileen is the youngest person to be included on Forbes' China 30 Under 30 entertainment and sports list.

The American-born 17-year-old declared for China, the birth country of her mother, last year and represented the country at this year's Lausanne 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games, where she won gold medals in both the big air and halfpipe events.

She is one of nine athletes in Olympic sports on the list.

"So beyond grateful and humbled to be the youngest person listed," Gu wrote on social media.

Gu Ailing Eileen reacts to inclusion on China Forbes list on Instagram Stories

The list also includes Olympic champion diver Chen Aisen, who won two golds at Rio 2016 in the synchronised and individual 10 metre platform events, and 58 kg Rio 2016 taekwondo gold medallist Zhao Shuai.

Pairs figure skaters Sui Wenjing and Han Cong, silver medallists at PyeongChang 2018, are the only other winter athletes recognised by Forbes.

Table tennis world number three Sun Yingsha, who won silver at the Women's World Cup earlier this week, and badminton women's doubles world number one pair Chen Qingchen and Jia Yifan have also been selected.

Gong Xiangyu, part of China's women's volleyball gold medal squad in Rio, is the only team sport athlete to make the list.


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