Skier Eileen Gu's decision to join the US bid to host the Winter Olympics sparked

heated debate in China over the split American-born athlete's loyalty between the world's two largest economies.

Gu's announcement at the TIME100 Conference in New York that he will be an ambassador

for US efforts to host the event in Salt Lake City in 2030 or 2034 was the second most widely read Twitter article

article like Weibo of China on Wednesday morning. A hashtag of freeskier comments that he has no regrets

about representing China at the Winter Olympics read about 26 million. His decision to authorize the US Olympics application

was seen as a betrayal, coming shortly after Gu won China's gold. "Are you Chinese or American?"

user wrote, while another claimed that he was "pretending to be" a Chinese to make millions in authorization,