WATCH: Suni Lee Achieves a Record Even Gymnastics GOAT Simone Biles Hasn’t Touched

Published 02/26/2022, 8:29 AM EST

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American gymnast Suni Lee continues to write history and stun the world. The 18-year-old gymnast from Minnesota was the 2020 Olympic all-around champion.

Moreover, she also won the medal at the uneven bars during the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games. In fact, it is the uneven bars that have helped her create history yet again.


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Sunisa ‘Suni’ Lee, in a collegiate meet against Kentucky, put on quite the show on the uneven bars. Most importantly, she pulled off a move that was, till now, unprecedented at the college level.

Suni Lee performs an unprecedented feat at the NCAA-level

2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics gold medalist Sunisa Lee had performed the ‘Nabieva’ move at the Olympics. However, no collegiate athlete had ever successfully performed the move at the NCAA level.

The move derives its name from Russian gymnast Tatiana Nabieva. The move begins and ends on the same bar, and Lee performed it to perfection today, as she hurled herself over the bar and caught herself again.


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During the Olympic trials, too, Lee had pulled off the Nabieva, which had resulted in her making it to the US Olympic team. In fact, even then, she had scripted history by becoming the first Hmong athlete to become a US Olympian.

Lee, in the gymnastics meet between her team, the Auburn Tigers and the Kentucky Wildcats, helped the Tigers reach a program-record score of 197.25. In fact, they still won by less than a single point!

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Suni Lee, during her performance for the Tigers, grabbed eyeballs and headlines with her Nabieva routine. Thus, she became the first collegiate athlete to ever perform the move in an NCAA competition and received a score of 9.975 for her move.

After all, the Nabieva is the hardest move in gymnastics. It is rated as a ‘G’, which is the hardest possible rating in the sport. On the other hand, Simone Biles, who is the undisputed GOAT (greatest of all time) when it comes to gymnastics, never went to college. As a result, she never got to bring the Nabieva or her entire gymnastic talent to the NCAA.

Lee followed up her Nabieva performance with an even more incredible score.

Even though she scripted history by bringing the Nabieva to the collegiate level, it was still one of her big achievements of the night. In fact, right before taking to the uneven bars, Lee had gotten off her performance at the balance beam.

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Suni Lee, with a beautiful balance beam routine, scored a perfect 10 score. This was her first 10 score in college on the balance beam. Furthermore, it was also the only routine throughout the entire night that won a perfect 10 score on either team.


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Even then, she wasn’t quite done yet. When it came time to take to the floor, Lee scored 9.975 yet again on the floor exercise. All in all, it was a spectacular night for the 18-year-old and her Auburn Tigers.


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Now, Suni Lee and the Auburn Tigers will face off against the Florida Gators on March 4.


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Samarveer Singh


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Samarveer Singh is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. Holding a degree in English Literature and a diploma in Fitness Sciences and Training, Samarveer is obsessed with tennis and basketball. He is also an automotive writer at HotCars.
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