Two Americans compete under China

A commotion uproared when two American born athletes chose to represent China in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.

Gold medallist Gu Ailing Eileen of China celebrates on the podium. (Tyrone Siu/Reuters)

Although she has not publicly stated where she holds her citizenship, Gu has faced a lot of backlash from Americans calling her a “traitor” of her own country and that she should be representing the United States instead.

Gu, for her part, has tried to make clear that she sees herself as both American and Chinese.

“I’m fully American and look and speak the way I do. Nobody can deny I’m American,” Gushe told the South China Morning Post. “When I go to China, nobody can deny I’m Chinese because I’m fluent in the language and culture and completely identify as such.”

Zhu Yi of China reacts during the figure skating women single skating short program at Capital Indoor Stadium in Beijing, capital of China, February 15, 2022. Photo: Xinhua/Cao Can

Unfortunately, Yi has not gained the support of China’s people since she fell during her short program. Zhu, who was born in Los Angeles but reportedly gave up her US citizenship for a Chinese one in 2018, went viral on Chinese social media after falling twice.The 19-year-old was flooded with negative comments online, and the hashtag “Zhu Yi’s Winter Olympics debut is not perfect” garnered more than 33 million views in hours.

Yi Zhu of Team China falls during the Women Single Skating Short Program Team Event on day two of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games. (Getty)

Getting sucked into US-China diplomatic tensions is unfair on both women: They are still teenagers, and most likely chose to represent China in good faith, hoping for a chance to compete at the Olympics and reflect their mixed heritage on the world stage.