Falling Hard For Her New Culture: “I gave up my US citizenship for this!?!”

US-born Chinese figure skater Zhu Yi falls AGAIN and breaks down in tears at Olympics… a day after being branded a ‘disgrace’ by her countrymen for finishing last after giving up American citizenship to compete for Beijing

  • Figure skater Zhu Yi, 19, was left in tears after falling again in the women’s short program team event today
  • Yesterday she finished with the lowest score on day two of the event falling twice during her Olympic debut
  • Zhu, born Beverly Zu, decided to compete for China in Olympics and changed her name and US citizenship 
  • But some people have also questioned why the California-born athlete was allowed to represent China 

The American-born Chinese figure skater who gave up her US citizenship to compete for China at the Winter Olympic in Beijing was left in tears after falling again in the women’s short program team event today.

Beverly Zu, 19, who changed her name to Zhu Yi to compete for the Communist country, finished with the lowest score of the event at Beijing‘s Capital Indoor Stadium yesterday after she failed to land a jump and fell on the opening combination, and botched another jump later in her short program.

Today, the figure skater, who has faced widespread scorn from many in her adopted country, broke down in tears on the ice after falling again in the free skate –  the final event in the team competition. 

It comes just a day after Zhu was branded a ‘disgrace’ by fellow countrymen for finishing last and knocking China from third to fifth place in the team event. 

Yesterday the 19-year-old, who has previously come under fire from Chinese fans on the social media platform Weibo, scored 47.03 after she tumbled on her first combination triple flip-triple toe-loop jump, crashed into the wall, and bungled her triple loop later in the set while skating to Paint It Black by The Rolling Stones.  

The fall triggered a backlash on Chinese social media that critiqued her performance and raised questions about her selection for the Olympic team. 

The hashtag ‘Zhu Yi has fallen’ quickly began trending on China’s Twitter-like Weibo platform, gaining 200 million views in just a few hours as some took to social media to slam the athlete.


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