(Updated: This story is updated with comments from Simone and her parents)
She did it.
Suni Lee has won the gold medal in the all-round gymnastics competition.
The eyes of the first Hmong American to ever play for a Team USA Olympic team swelled with tears after her victory, according to USA Today.
Lee bested silver medalist Rebeca Andrade with a total score of 57.433 to 57.298, reported ESPN.
She becomes the fifth American in recent years to win the gold in the all around competition.
Lee received the high score for her performance on the bar rotation (15.300), but didn’t jump into first place until the third event on the beam.
Her family back home in Minneapolis reacted with elation to Lee’s Gold medal victory after she solidified her first place position with a strong performance on the floor exercise.
Lee had been overshadowed by reigning champ Simone Biles going into the Olympics, but Biles dropped out due to mental health concerns.
Lee said Biles and other members of the team told her to just be herself.
“I started to put a little bit too much pressure on myself, knowing that Simone was gone,” she said. I felt that people started to put pressure on me that I had to come back with a medal. I started not to think about it because that’s when I compete the best.”
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