Hmong American gymnast Suni Lee will now add bronze in her collection of medals won at the Tokyo Games as she takes third place in uneven bars.
What happened: Lee, 18, scored 14.500 at the grand finals on Sunday, despite some missed connections and errors in her routine, according to NBC News.
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- Her third-place win was a surprise to many, considering that the event is one of her strongest plays. She received a 15.300 score during the first day of the Olympics qualifier for Team USA and had finished first on the uneven bars.
- Lee won silver from the team event last week, followed by a gold win at the gymnastics all-around event on Thursday.
- The Tokyo Games is Lee’s first Olympics.
The aftermath: Lee admitted in a press conference following the event that the pressure got to her and made her lose focus on the game, TODAY reported.
- “I feel like I put too much pressure on myself because it’s the Olympics,” she said, adding, “And also, I felt like I wanted to make everybody else happy because I feel like bars is my thing, and a lot of people were really rooting for me. So I kind of feel like I let people down, but it’s OK.”
- Lee was glad she continued on with her routine despite the errors.
- The teen athlete reflected on the errors she made in her routine on an Instagram post on Sunday.
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- Her parents, Houa John Lee and Yeev Thoj, said they are proud of her for her achievement. “We told her it’s alright, she did good but I think she’s probably a little disappointed in herself,” they said, according to KARE11.
- Lee is set to compete for another medal on Tuesday in the balance beam individual final. She will be up against American gymnast Simone Biles.
We are so excited to confirm that you will see two U.S. athletes in the balance beam final tomorrow – Suni Lee AND Simone Biles!! Can’t wait to watch you both!
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