Zhu Yi, American-born skater who defected to China, falls on the ice again

The American-born Olympic skater who renounced her American citizenship to compete for China has fallen on the ice for the second time, infuriating her adopted homeland.

Beverly Yi, 19, was born in the United States, but a few years ago she decided to renounce her American citizenship and moved to China to make her debut as a Chinese figure skater. She changed her name to Zhu Yi and started competing in the communist nation.

Yi’s debut was bad enough, but staunch Chinese Olympic fans were angered again on Monday when Zhu Yi fell to the ice for the second time in Monday’s final event in the team competition.

BEIJING, CHINA – FEBRUARY 07: Zhu Yi of Team China reacts during the Women’s Free Skating Team Event on Day 3 of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at Capital Indoor Stadium on February 07, 2022 in Beijing, China . (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

When Yi was chosen for the Chinese Olympic team, some questioned the government’s decision, but after her disastrous first Olympic appearance, that simple questioning turned into outright condemnation.

Yi’s Olympic debut was an absolute debacle. Not only did she fall on the ice during her routine, but she scored last in her category. And Chinese fans were furious at its dismal failure.

Immediately after her debut, Yi told the media, “I’m upset and a bit embarrassed,” after falling on the ice. But as she left the rink on Monday, it was clear she was crying her eyes out over her terrible second performance.

The 2022 Genocide Olympics became something of a defection game after several Americans dropped out of the US team to compete for Red China.

Team China's Zhu Yi crashes during the Women's Team Free Skating event on Day Three of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics in Capital...

BEIJING, CHINA – FEBRUARY 07: Zhu Yi of Team China falls during the Women’s Team Free Skating event on Day 3 of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at Capital Indoor Stadium on February 07, 2022 in Beijing , China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

At least three other Americans have turned their backs on the United States to compete for the communist regime. For one, Olympic freeskier Eileen Gu was born in California but decided to join the Chinese Reds, just like Yi. Also, like Yi, Gu changed his name to a more acceptable Chinese name to be more popular among Chinese fans.

Two American Olympic hockey players have also turned away from the Red, White and Blue.

Jake Chelios, the son of professional hockey player Chris Chelios, started playing for China-owned Red Star Kunlun in the KHL in 2019, and now he competes for the Chinese Olympic hockey team with the former NHL goaltender and Michigan native Jeremy Smith.

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