Penned by Oscar Holland, CNN

Job interview by Coy Wire, CNN

If Eileen Gu’s account of last Saturday’s Freestyle Ski Planet Cup function in Calgary is anything to go by, a day in the Olympian’s lifestyle is as varied as it is fast paced: She took first position in morning qualifiers, wrote two essays, study some René Descartes and George Berkeley for a philosophy course and then “did some physics” just before returning to the slopes for the remaining.

“I won that, arrived again,” she continued, casually brushing in excess of her initial opposition physical appearance because very last year’s Winter Olympics, “proof-read through my essay… turned it in, identified as it a evening at 10 p.m. and hit the hay. So that was 1 of people times.”

This time final yr, American-born Gu was fewer than two weeks away from generating her Olympic debut in Beijing, representing China, her mother’s state of birth. As a single of the Games’ most seriously sponsored athletes, she was currently a recognizable face. But couple of outside the house the skiing planet experienced witnessed her in motion. Any suggestion that her qualities experienced been overstated shortly dissolved as she took home three medals, like golds in the halfpipe and huge air competitions.

In the 12 months given that, Gu has enrolled as an undergraduate at Stanford University and been named amongst Time magazine’s 100 most influential folks. She has also bolstered her reputation as a very sought-after model. In Might, she created her runway debut for Louis Vuitton — in a torso-bearing outfit from the label’s Cruise 2023 selection — and has starred on the addresses of Vogue Hong Kong and Singapore’s edition of Harper’s Bazaar in current months.
Gu makes her runway debut at Louis Vuitton's 2023 Cruise show in San Diego, California in May 2022.

Gu helps make her runway debut at Louis Vuitton’s 2023 Cruise present in San Diego, California in May well 2022. Credit: Jerod Harris/Getty Photos

“People today normally consider that vogue and snowboarding are these two absolutely disparate entities … when in actuality, the core elements are really incredibly equivalent,” she reported, talking to CNN sporting activities anchor and correspondent Coy Wire forward of this weekend’s Wintertime X Games in Aspen, Colorado.

“Each are rooted in a perception of self-expression and creativity. Each call for a lot of self esteem, currently being equipped to execute less than strain, and currently being ready to be by yourself unapologetically. And I assume that all those qualities seriously do have around.”

Not only do sport, faculty and fashion overlap, they add to one particular another, mentioned Gu, depicting the juggling act as a issue of symbiosis, not compromise. What she learns in psychology applies to snowboarding, which in convert sparks creativeness that she carries into manner modeling meanwhile offers classes in resilience and assurance that are then applied to her faculty work — “so it all goes in a circle,” she stated.

Enjoy: Coy Wire interviews Eileen Gu forward of the Winter season X Online games

(Photograph by Patrick Smith/Getty Pictures of Gu competing at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.)

Hurtling down a halfpipe may well have little in prevalent with strolling a runway but “all of it is linked,” the 19-calendar year-previous explained. Drawn to action sports for the sense that she is “frequently pushing” her have boundaries, Gu explained skiing leaves her experience “like I am capable of just about anything.”

“For the reason that if I can thrust my system to do a double cork, who suggests I won’t be able to incorporate an additional 180 (degrees rotation)? Or if you want to flip it into yet another space of my life, who states I can’t get a superior score on the up coming exam, or shoot my aspiration magazine?”

“Splendor is power,” she afterwards additional. “And magnificence is remaining capable to be solid, not just in what your physique appears like, but also what your overall body can do.”

Eileen Gu reacts after her final jump before winning gold during the Women's Freestyle Skiing Freeski Big Air Final at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games on February 8, 2022.

Eileen Gu reacts soon after her final bounce prior to winning gold for the duration of the Women’s Freestyle Skiing Freeski Large Air Ultimate at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Online games on February 8, 2022. Credit rating: Mao Jianjun/China Information Support/Getty Images

Design and style ‘characterized by balance’

The California-raised athlete — whose decision to characterize China provoked criticism from some quarters in the US — has prolonged been intrigued in vogue. Possessing “stolen minor items” from her mom’s closet as a boy or girl, Gu attended her to start with style week, in Paris, aged 15. The practical experience was, she reported, “completely existence-transforming.”

“Just viewing the way artwork can truly be place on the entire body, and how expressive it can be in a present. (It truly is) not just about the persons putting on the apparel and how they seem … but also about the ambiance, the audio, the established — there is certainly so substantially that goes into it.”

She describes her private model, like considerably else in her lifetime, as “characterised by stability” — “in between masculine and feminine, amongst classy and sporty, in between playful and mature.

“All of those people genuinely are unique facets of my existence, and relying on the day, I come across trend is a great way for me to express how I come to feel … I seem unique each individual working day, even inside a number of hrs. But that’s what’s fun about it.”

Gu is signed with IMG Versions, the company guiding Kate Moss, Bella Hadid and extra of fashion’s most important names. She has labored with Victoria’s Solution, Tiffany & Co., Swiss watchmaker IWC and cosmetics big Estée Lauder (as well as a assortment of manufacturers in China, including café chain Luckin Coffee, telecoms business China Cell and Inner Mongolia’s Mengniu Dairy).

Gu attends the 2022 Met Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Gu attends the 2022 Met Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Artwork in New York Metropolis. Credit: Theo Wargo/WireImage/Getty Pictures

These promotions helped establish Gu as the 3rd-highest-compensated feminine athlete in the entire world final year, in accordance to Forbes, which approximated her 2022 earnings at over $20 million. She also hopes the visibility can make her a role design for younger women and aspiring athletes — the type she explained she lacked when she was younger.

“For me, increasing up, there were not that many ladies in the ski marketplace,” she reported, adding: “I’m young and I’m trying to do my most effective, and I just want to be the particular person that a woman at dwelling can see on Tv or on their phone and say, ‘Hey, you know, if she can do that, then I want to check out it, also. She appears to be like she’s getting entertaining. When can I try?'”