The excitement of beginning life as a college student will be quite a balancing act for Sunisa Lee.
After all, she’s not just any college student. She just won a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
Her first days on the Auburn campus included a news conference. She hopes to blend right in on campus, eventually.
“I mean it’s a little bit hard, but I’m trying to find a way to balance it out. I just got here so people are going to be really excited,” acknowledged Lee, according to CBS42. But once it dies down I feel like it will be a little bit better. I feel like I will be able to do stuff. Like I will go somewhere without being called out or something.”
Lee is all set to join the Auburn Tigers gymnastics team and is looking forward to joining her teammates who have already reached out offering to help in any way.
“I just wanted to have some fun. Elite gymnastics was so hard and there’s never any time to have fun or hang out with your friends. Coming here, I can be more free, and I’m just excited to be part of a team,” E Online reported her saying.
She recently posted a photo of herself on Instagram wearing an Auburn Tiger t-shirt under the caption “war Eagle.”
Lee plans to take advantage of new NCAA rules which will allow her to profit from her own image and name. That’s something college athletes have never been able to do prior.
Most of all, she wants to be a kid again.
“Nobody intended for me to win the all-around gold. I didn’t intend for that to happen,” Lee said Friday to the Montgomery Advertiser. “So it was kind of like I already had my mind set on going to Auburn right away. So that was kind of the reason I came here, because I knew I wanted to be here.”
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