2022 Annual Gala Honoree Eileen Gu
After taking home two gold and one silver medal from the 2022 Winter Olympics, freeskier Eileen Gu became the only action sports athlete to win three medals at the same Olympic games, and was also the youngest freeski Olympic Gold medalist in history. The teenager’s achievements on snow also include a slew of other record-breaking performances, including being the first snowsport athlete to win three medals at the 2021 Xgames and FIS World Championships (2 golds and a bronze at each). Eileen was also the first female freeskier to land a double cork 1440 and unnatural double cork 1620 in competition.
Eileen uses her voice to help foster cultural understanding and friendship through sport. As an ambassador for freeskiing in the U.S., China, and worldwide, she hopes to inspire young people, especially girls, to build confidence, break their own boundaries, and lead happier, healthier lives through sport. She has been recognized for her efforts with the Apex for Youth Inspiration Award for inspiring underprivileged children in New York City, the Vogue Avrora Award for female empowerment, and the SuperELLE Most Influential Athlete in China Award. As a cross-cultural bridge between the U.S. and China, Eileen has been invited as a keynote speaker to the Aspen Institute’s Project Play Summit, the C100 summit, the Young Presidents’ Organization Gala, and as the only youth ambassador for the G20 Young Entrepreneurs' Summit in China.
Eileen is also an accomplished student and fashion model. She scored 1580 out of 1600 on the SAT, and has shot covers for Vogue, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, and L’Officiel, among many others. She sat front-row at Fashion Week with Louis Vuitton, and is set to walk her debut runway soon, all before attending college this fall.