Kai Owens, who was abandoned at birth and adopted by Colorado couple, to visit ...

Kai Owens, who was abandoned at birth and adopted by Colorado couple, to visit ...
Kai Owens, who was abandoned at birth and adopted by Colorado couple, to visit ...

American skiing prodigy Kai Owens has made the US Olympic team, giving the 17-year-old athlete the opportunity to return to her birth country of China and compete for America in the Beijing 2022 Winter Games. 

Owens was abandoned as an infant at a town square in China before she was adopted when she just 16-months-old by Colorado couple Amy and John . 

Now the blossoming moguls standout said she was excited to return to China as she hopes to win a gold medal.  

'It becomes full circle when I step off that plane in China,' Owens told The Associated Press on Friday after it was announced that she made the US team.

'When my skis touch the snow in China, it's going to be a really special moment for me because I get to ski in the Olympic Games in my birth country. It's crazy how life works.' 

Owens' celebration draws parallels to Californian skier Eileen Gu, 18, a fellow Chinese-born athlete, who turned her back on Team US to compete on China's team.  

Kai Owens, 17, of Colorado, will compete for Team US in the 2022 Beijing Winter Games

Kai Owens, 17, of Colorado, will compete for Team US in the 2022 Beijing Winter Games

Owens, right, was abandoned in China and adopted by Colorado couple Jon and Amy Owens, who also adopted a boy from China when Kai was 4

Owens, right, was abandoned in China and adopted by Colorado couple Jon and Amy Owens, who also adopted a boy from China when Kai was 4 

The family lives in Veil, Colorado, where Kai learned to ski and became a natural

The family lives in Veil, Colorado, where Kai learned to ski and became a natural 

Owen's told TMZ that she had no plans of tracking down her biological parents during the competition, but hopes to return one day after the Games. 

'Right now, I'm mainly focused on competing, but my family and I have plans to return to China once COVID allows us to, to kind of go back to the province that I was born in and maybe do some birth parents research,' she said.

Owens grew up in Veil Colorado, where she developed a talent for skiing that has quickly propelled her to fame after becoming the youngest US skier to ever win a NorAm moguls event at age 14 in 2019. 

Last year, the teen placed sixth in the World Championships was named the FSI World Cup's Rookie of the Year after winning gold and leading the US to a podium sweep.  

As of mid-January, the International Ski Federation ranked her No. 9 in the World Cup moguls ranking. 

Owens became the youngest US skier to ever win a NorAm moguls event at age 14 in 2019. She is pictured at the women's mogul qualifier on January 13, 2022

Owens became the youngest US skier to ever win a NorAm moguls event at age 14 in 2019. She is pictured at the women's mogul qualifier on January 13, 2022

Owens said she has no plans to find her biological family during the competition but hopes to return to China one day with her family

Owens said she has no plans to find her biological

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