“It’s Just So Toxic”- US Olympic Star Suni Lee Opens Up on the Attitude Towards Gymnastics

Published 09/01/2021, 8:01 AM CDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Gymnastics – Artistic – Women’s Individual All-Around – Final – Ariake Gymnastics Centre, Tokyo, Japan – July 29, 2021. Sunisa Lee of the United States gestures. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY


Winning a gold medal in Tokyo has led to a sea change in Suni Lee’s life. The American gymnast announced recently that she will take part in the Dancing Stars competition. However, the 18-year-old spoke about how things were difficult and her way to the top was tough. In an interview, Suni Lee spoke about the troubles she faced, being a gymnast, and the attitude towards gymnasts as well.

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Despite performing for their country, these athletes have a life after that. She stressed the importance of that in the interview.

Sunisa Lee competes on uneven bars during the final day of women’s competition in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for gymnastics in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S., June 27, 2021. Picture taken June 27, 2021. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson

Suni Lee opens up about toxicity

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After winning three medals in Tokyo, the famous gymnast sat down to speak about how people perceive the sport to be.

“Just the whole Elite mentality, it’s always just the Olympics and gymnastics. You never know what you’re going to do after that. People just think gymnastics is the only thing in the world. No. That’s why I wanted to come here, to just kind of lookout to the real world a little bit, get a taste of what it’s like.”

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Gymnastics – Artistic – Gymnastics Training – Ariake Gymnastics Centre, Tokyo, Japan – August 3, 2021. Simone Biles of the United States and Sunisa Lee of the United States during training. REUTERS/Mike Blake

“I don’t know. I feel like it’s just so toxic,” said Lee.

Apart from training and all the pressures, she wants to enjoy her life while doing different things in her life. The expectations faced by these athletes are beyond belief. After her outstanding performance in Tokyo, she wants to get on the dance floor.

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She is about to take part in the ‘Dancing with the Stars’ competition this time around.

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“I’ve seen so many people go out there and do ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ so it was one of my goals after the Olympics,” said Lee.

Lee joins a list of other gymnasts after excelling on ‘DWTS’. Notably, Biles has taken part in this competition earlier in her career. She has also posted TikTok videos of her dancing around and seems to get a lot of credit for it.

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The American gymnast is looking for options after her success at Tokyo Olympics 2020. The talented superstar wants to shine on the dance floor and looks set to perform her moves on the grandest stage of them all.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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