Power Play

China's Olympic ambitions and the idea of being Chinese

The sports arena is also a political arena for US-China rivalry. But the Chinese response to US-born-and-bred Zhu Yi and Eileen Gu also raises questions about foreign talent and what it means to be Chinese.

US-born figure skater Zhu Yi (left), who fell on the ice, breaking down last Monday; and fellow US-born athlete Eileen Gu all smiles after winning the gold in the big air competition last Tuesday. PHOTOS: EPA-EFE, NYTIMES
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US-born figure skater Zhu Yi has had a terrible start to her Winter Olympics in Beijing.

In her Olympic debut for China on Feb 6, the 19-year-old took a tumble on the ice and crashed into a wall in what was the first of two falls during her routine in the team event.

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