The 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing will be a homecoming for 17-year-old skiing phenom Kai Owens … and the Team USA superstar tells TMZ Sports she can’t wait to return to her birth country for the very first time.
Owens’ story is inspirational — she was abandoned by her birth parents as an infant and was adopted by a Colorado couple when she was around 16 months old.
Now, the mogul skier is set to make the ultimate return and compete at the highest level during the 2022 Games … and she tells us it’s going to be an incredible experience.
“I’m just trying to explore everything I can and enjoy the moment,” she told us at LAX this week.
Owens says she won’t try to track down her biological parents during the trip … but plans to make a return to China after the Games if the pandemic calms down.
“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,” Owens said.
“My primary goal for this trip is the Olympic games, but I’m definitely hoping to do a cultural experience later this year.”
Owens is going to be a household name eventually — she placed 6th in the World Championships in 2021 — and she says she’s fully focused on giving it 100% next month.
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