Two weeks after Chinese freeskier Eileen Gu showed off a world’s first freeski double cork 1440, the US-born star was forced to pull out of the slopestyle season opener because of a fall. Xinhua reported the 18-year-old Beijing 2022 Winter Games medal hope said her injuries “were not serious” and she hoped to return to competition at the next World Cup in the United States. Gu, who was born in San Francisco to an American father and Chinese mother, has chosen to represent China and is among the favourites for a medal in Beijing. It was reported that Gu failed to turn up for Friday’s qualification event in Stubai, Austria where earlier this month she became the first female skier to pull off the double cork 1440 during training. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Eileen Gu (@eileen_gu_) Gu said she was now targeting the Big Air World Cup event in Steamboat, Colorado in the first week of December. The teenager has taken the freesking world by storm in only two years, becoming the first freeskier to win slopestyle and half-pipe World Cup titles in back-to-back days at the same venue and the first athlete to win three medals in their X Games debut last season. At the 2021 Aspen World Championships, she won gold in the slopestyle and half-pipe and bronze in the big air – the first freeskier to win three medals at a single world championship. Gu’s compatriot, 17-year-old Yang Shuorui, was 15th in qualifying and failed to reach the women’s final. Switzerland’s Olympic silver medallist Mathilde Gremaud finished top of the women’s qualification ahead of four-time slopestyle X Games winner Kelly Sildaru, of Estonia, with Norway’s Johanne Killi third. Gu and her rivals need all the competition they can get ahead of the Beijing Games because there are only three events on the calendar before the Olympics open on February 4.