Team USA’s Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Sunisa ‘Suni’ Lee hogged the limelight ever since her 2021 Tokyo Olympics success. Competing alongside the overwhelming gold medal favorite and one of the greatest gymnasts ever, Simone Biles, can always be strenuous.
After being placed third in the qualification round, Lee was elated after winning the gold. Having spent some years admiring the seven-time Olympic medalist distantly, Lee got a chance to compete alongside Biles, representing the USA at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
Lee, while pursuing gymnastics, had several role models, one of them being Biles. The all-around gold medalist credited her success to her role models. Speaking to InsiderLee said:
“Inspired me to want to be like them or want to be better for myself. I would say Simone Biles was obviously one of them. She’s the GOAT of gymnastics.”
She further added:
“When I was at the Olympics, my coach and I noticed that when I worked alongside her, I was constantly getting better. You see how she does things, and it’s like, ‘I wanna be like her’, so it really pushed me to be the best version of myself.”
Biles recently received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Joe Biden. The medal is the highest civilian honor in the United States.
Why did Simone Biles pull out of the Olympics finals?
Simone Biles withdrew from the Tokyo Olympics team competition. The Team USA gymnastics star cited her mental health as the reason for opting out of the event.
Being on top and grinding hard for four years with the aim of defending the title and having to pull out speaks volumes for the difficulties she faced. She cited mental health issues as the reason for her withdrawal from the marquee event.
Biles, 25, is considered one of the greatest gymnasts in the sport’s history. She won four gold medals at the 2016 Olympics and has dominated the world championships with 19 gold medals to her name.