Eileen Gu wins second medal of Beijing Olympics in freeski slopestyle

Ailing Eileen Gu of Team China reacts during the Women's Freestyle Skiing Freeski Slopestyle Final on Day 11 of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at Genting Snow Park on February 15, 2022 in Zhangjiakou, Hebei Province of China. (Photo by An Lingjun/CHINASPORTS/VCG via Getty Images)

China’s Eileen Gu backed up her gold medal in big air with a freeski slopestyle silver medal on Tuesday.

The American-born free skier struggled on her first two runs, sitting in eighth place after her opening attempts. But with the pressure mounting, Gu performed, throwing down a massive final run to earn a score of 86.23, three-tenths of a point behind Mathilde Gremaud of Switzerland.

Gremaud’s staggering second run held for a gold in Tuesday’s event, an improvement from her silver in PyeongChang. Kelly Sildaru of Estonia rounded out the slopestyle podium, clinching the bronze medal.

Gu will next compete in the halfpipe event in hopes of taking home three medals from the Beijing Games.