Zhu Yi

Chinese Mercilessly Heckle Figure Skater Who Defected from U.S. After Olympic Fall

19-year-old figure skater Zhu Yi, who was born in California but renounced her American citizenship in 2018 to compete for China, was mercilessly heckled by Chinese social media users after she fell on the ice on Sunday and finished in last place at the Beijing Winter Olympics. The heckling was so intense that Chinese government censors intervened and shut down almost a hundred accounts on Weibo, China’s heavily-controlled alternative to banned Twitter.

Zhu Yi of Team China skates during the Women Single Skating Free Skating Team Event on day three of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games at Capital Indoor Stadium on February 07, 2022, in Beijing, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)