Freestyle skiing at the 2022 Winter Olympics featured 18-year-old Eileen Gu capturing a historic three medals at her debut Games, and the U.S. team collecting a total of eight medals across men's freeski, women's and mixed team aerials and women's moguls.

China, for whom Gu competes, combined a double of the individual aerials events along with her wins in halfpipe and big air to claim four golds. Gu had another silver in slopestyle, as did the nation's mixed aerials team, upset by the Americans for the top prize.

Gu's two golds and a silver made her the first athlete competing in freestyle skiing to earn three medals at a single Olympics. Meanwhile, aerialist champions Qi Guangpu and Xu Mengtao were the only other two athletes to also gather at least a gold and a silver.

Freestyle Skiing Medal Table

Medals by Nation
Rank Nation Medals
1 China 🥇🥇🥇🥇🥈🥈
2 United States 🇺🇸 🥇🥇🥈🥈🥈🥈🥉🥉
3 Switzerland 🥇🥇🥈🥉
4 Sweden 🥇🥇🥉🥉
5 Australia 🥇
  Norway 🥇
  New Zealand 🥇
8 Canada 🥈🥈🥈🥉🥉
9 Belarus 🥈
  France 🥈
  Ukraine 🥈
12 ROC 🥉🥉🥉
13 Estonia 🥉
  Germany 🥉
  Japan 🥉


Multi-Medalist Athletes
Rank Athlete Medals
1 Eileen Gu (CHN) 🥇 BA, 🥇 HP, 🥈 SS
2 Qi Guangpu (CHN) 🥇 AE, 🥈 AET
  Xu Mengtao (CHN) 🥇 AE, 🥈 AET
4 Gremaud Mathilde (SUI) 🥇 SS, 🥉 BA

Eileen Gu accomplishes arduous feat of three medals at single Games

All season long Eileen Gu looked like the skier to beat. But she still had to prove it come Olympics time – and prove it she did, winning halfpipe gold, big air gold and slopestyle silver at her very first Olympic Winter Games, matching the results from one of her breakout moments at the 2020 Youth Olympics Games.

Born in San Francisco to an American father and Chinese mother, Gu is fluent in Mandarin and grew up taking yearly trips to Beijing with her mother, Yan, who was born there.

Gu initially represented the U.S. in her early years of competition but in 2019, announced she was switching her national affiliation in order to represent China at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games.

One of the sport's few triple-threats, meaning she competes in all three events, Gu entered the 2022 Games as the reigning world champion in both halfpipe and slopestyle and bronze medalist in big air.

In her first event of big air, Gu sent it and landed the first double cork 1620 she'd ever tried to take gold. She won her sole World Cup appearance in the event in December at Big Air Steamboat, stomping a women's competition-first double cork 1440.

“That was the best moment of my life. The happiest moment, day, whatever — of my life. I just cannot believe what just happened," Gu said. “That was a trick I have never done before, had never attempted before."

Later in slopestyle, Gu claimed silver with an 86.23 on Run 3, just 0.33 points behind winner Mathilde Gremaud of Switzerland, who qualified into the final as the last spot in 12th.

"My goal coming into this Olympics was to win one gold, and have one more podium in a different event, so I've already met that goal and I'm going into my strongest event," Gu said.

Moving to halfpipe, Gu entered as the heavy favorite and didn't disappoint despite blustery weather conditions. She put together a near-perfect second run, reaching 14 feet in amplitude, and held off two Canadians for the gold.

The future Stanford student clinched the event's overall World Cup halfpipe crystal globe, having gone unbeaten on the year, with wins at the Copper Grand Prixback-to-back at Calgary Snow Rodeo and the Mammoth Grand Prix.

"It has been two straight weeks of the most intense highs and lows I've ever experienced in my life," Gu said. "It has changed my life forever. The second I landed the last 16[20] in big air I knew my life was never going to be the same … never imagined that I'd walk away with another silver and another gold."

China had never won a medal in any of the three disciplines before the 2022 Games. Now they have a superstar.


Women's Big Air
(Qualifying / Final)

🥇 Eileen Gu (CHN)
🥈 Tess Ledeux (FRA)
🥉 Mathilde Gremaud (SUI)

American-born Eileen Gu of China landed her first-ever attempt at a four-and-a-half-rotation trick to secure the debut Olympic freeski big air gold, simultaneously checking off the first of three events in her triple title pursuit at the 2022 Winter Games. Reigning X Games champion Tess Ledeux of France landed the same double cork 1620 on her opening run for a 94.50, identical to the score Gu later received on hers in Run 3, but couldn't stick the landing on her other two attempts and frustratingly took runner-up silver. Swiss Mathilde Gremaud, the 2018 Olympic silver medalist in slopestyle, grabbed bronze on her 22nd birthday.

RECAP: China's Eileen Gu stomps 1620 to win first Olympic gold in freeski big air

Men's Big Air
(Qualifying / Final)

🥇 Birk Ruud (NOR)
🥈 Colby Stevenson (USA)
🥉 Henrik Harlaut (SWE)

New Hampshire-born Utahn freeskier Colby Stevenson captured silver amid a magnificent showing from Birk Ruud of Norway, winner of the event's first Olympic gold. Stevenson, who historically has had more success in slopestyle, washed out on the landing of his opening-run nosebutter triple cork 1620 attempt. But the 24-year-old fought back to stomp the same trick on Run 2 for a 91.75, then landed a huge switch double 1800 with massive air for a 91.25, totaling 183.00. Sweden's Henrik Harlaut took bronze in his third Winter Games appearance, while Stevenson's teammates Alex Hall placed a respective eighth.

RECAP: USA's Colby Stevenson struts style for ski big air silver behind Ruud of Norway

Women's Slopestyle
(Qualifying / Final)

🥇 Mathilde Gremaud (SUI)
🥈 Eileen Gu (CHN)
🥉 Kelly Sildaru (EST)

Mathilde Gremaud improved on her PyeongChang silver by winning gold, adding to a previous bronze in big air to complete a career medal trifecta — and consequently ending Eileen Gu's attempt to win all three women's freeski titles. The last of 12 qualifiers to advance to the final, Gremaud opened up competition by losing a ski on the first rail, then flew atop the leaderboard with a stellar Run 2, improving her score from a 1.10 to an 86.56. Gu claimed silver with an 86.23 on Run 3, just 0.33 points behind Gremaud, while Kelly Sildaru earned bronze for Estonia's first-ever Winter Olympic medal outside cross-country skiing.

RECAP: Gremaud upgrades to slopestyle gold, spoiling Eileen Gu's triple-title bid

Men's Slopestyle
(Qualifying / Final)

🥇 Alex Hall (USA)
🥈 Nick Goepper (USA)
🥉 Jesper Tjader (SWE)

Alex Hall threw down a super-progressive run to capture slopestyle gold, redeeming an unfortunate eighth-place result in last week's big air final. Teammate Nick Goepper repeated his silver from PyeongChang for a third career Winter Games medal. Alaska-born Hall, 23, opened up his winning run with a technical top section, tail-tapping a Section 3 rail with a 900-out before busting out a leftside double cork 1620 and a switch 720 to switch nosebutter 540 off "The Matrix" knuckle. On the final hit, he unleashed a rightside double 1080 pretzel 180 to score a 90.01, which ultimately held for the victory.

RECAP: Americans Alex Hall, Nick Goepper take gold, silver in ski slopestyle

Women's Halfpipe
(Qualifying / Final)

🥇 Eileen Gu (CHN)
🥈 Cassie Sharpe (CAN)
🥉 Rachael Karker (CAN)

Eileen Gu straight-aired a victory lap in the final with tears of joy, wrapping up a purely dominant performance at the 2022 Winter Olympics by claiming her second gold and third medal of the Games. The 18-year-old from San Francisco flexed on her second run with a near-perfect combination of tricks and outstanding amplitude, reaching nearly 14 feet above the 22-foot superpipe on an opening rightside cork 900 Buick grab before hitting back-to-back alley-oop flat spins to close for a 95.25. Two Canadians took silver and bronze: 2018 Olympic gold medalist Cassie Sharpe with a 90.75, and Rachael Karker with an 87.75.

RECAP: China's Eileen Gu triumphs in halfpipe for third medal of Games

Men's Halfpipe
(Qualifying / Final)

🥇 Nico Porteous (NZL)
🥈 David Wise (USA)
🥉 Alex Ferreira (USA)

Nico Porteous battled heavy wind gusts in the final to capture New Zealand's second-ever Winter Games gold, joined by fellow 2018 medalists David Wise and Alex Ferreira of the U.S. for a jumbled re-order of the PyeongChang podium. The reigning world and two-time X Games champion stomped back-to-back double cork 1620s in both directions on Run 1 to score a 93.00, ultimately earning him freestyle skiing's final title of the Games and upgrading his bronze from four years ago, won as he was just 16. This gave Team USA its seventh and eighth in freestyle skiing, the nation's most in any sport at the 2022 Games.

RECAP: USA's Wise, Ferreira hunt down medals, Kiwi Porteous pockets gold in ski pipe