Sunisa Lee Calls Her Gold Medal Win At Olympics ‘A Dream Come True’

The 18-year-old is the first Hmong American to win a gold medal at the Summer Games.

7/29/2021 10:23:00 PM

The 18-year-old is the first Hmong American to win a gold medal at the Summer Games.

The 18-year-old is the first Hmong American to win a gold medal at the Summer Games.

for women’s individual all-around gymnastics, telling fans that it’s “a dream come true.”On Thursday, the 18-year-old Hmong American and Minnesota native posted a snapshot on Instagram of herself smooching her new bling at the Tokyo Olympics.“OLYMPIC ALL-AROUND CHAMPION,” she wrote in the caption. “So surreal. i can’t thank you all enough for the love and support. thank you to everyone who has believed in me and never gave up on me. this is a dream come true 😭💕WE DID IT.”

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A post shared by Sunisa Lee (@sunisalee_)Simone Biles, last year’s winner of the same women’s category, withdrew from the competition earlier this week in an effort to focus on her mental health. Lee, Biles’ teammate, then took the title of highest-qualifying U.S. gymnast for the all-around final.

Lee’s gold medal marks the fifth year straight that Americans have taken the all-around Olympic final. Biles won the gold in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, and was preceded by Gabby Douglas in London in 2012, Nastia Liukin in Beijing in 2008, and Carly Patterson in Athens, Greece, in 2004. headtopics.com

Biles sent her congratulations to Lee via Instagram, posting a video of an ecstatic Lee with her medal at their hotel and a photo of them taking a selfie together.“OLYMPIC CHAMPION RIGHT HERE !!! So so so beyond proud of you!!!!”the post read.Lee is the first Hmong American to win a gold medal at the Olympics. Many people within the Hmong American and wider Asian American communities have come out on social media to

show their supportand commemorate her win. Read more: HuffPostWomen »

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5 things to know about Sunisa Lee, America's new Olympic gold medal-winning gymnastSunisa Lee is the first Hmong-American to compete for Team USA and the first to win a gold medal at the Olympics. Awesome. 👏🏽 Minnesota proud 👍👏❤️ Watching all the way from Uganda. She has had an outstanding performance