“Everybody Expects a Lot”: Suni Lee Breaks Down While Opening Up About Her Hectic Schedule

Published 10/06/2021, 11:50 PM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Gymnastics – Artistic – Women’s Individual All-Around – Medal Ceremony – Ariake Gymnastics Centre, Tokyo, Japan – July 29, 2021. Gold medallist Sunisa Lee of the United States kisses her medal in front of the olympic rings REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

American gymnast Suni Lee is exploring her ways after winning gold at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The 18-year-old is now headed towards bagging her next win in another field, which is dancing. She recently joined the show ‘Dancing with the Stars.’ Practicing her moves in a viral Tik Tok video, fans could see how much Lee was enjoying her new interest.


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However, with all the success and accomplishments, inevitable problems come following. Recently, Suni Lee opened up about her struggles, the pressure to perform, and how everyone expects so much of her.


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“It’s definitely been difficult”- Suni Lee

Lee accepts that things in her life right now are quite difficult and stressful. Notably, she talks about her hectic schedule and how there is no end to it.

It’s definitely been difficult. I mean, the past couple of weeks, I feel like it’s just been like one thing after another.” Suni said.

Undoubtedly, she has a lot to deal with, from gymnastics to school, and now, the reality show. All in all, she is now yearning for a break to help herself relax and get back to her natural self.

So, it’s like I feel like I just haven’t had like a break, but it’s just been very difficult because I feel like everybody expects a lot of me right now and I think that’s just like, it’s just been very difficult,said Suni.

Despite the chaos in her life right now, she acknowledges herself and her growth throughout the journey. But the only thing which disappoints her is that the world would never know about the struggles and efforts she had to put in order to reach the peak.

However, she remains proud of herself and everything she has achieved, all at just 18-years-old.

“But I’m really proud of myself than living in L.A, like, by myself, without my parents. But I feel like nobody ever sees what happens outside of the screen,” said the Olympic gold medalist.

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Lee talks about toxicity in the sport

After her grand victory in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Lee came forward to talk about people’s perceptions of the sport.

TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 29: Sunisa Lee of Team United States competes in the floor exercise during the Women’s All-Around Final on day six of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics Centre on July 29, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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 look out to the real world a little bit, get a taste of what it’s like,” said Lee.


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 I don’t know. I feel like it’s just so toxic,” she added.

Lee is currently a participant in the show ‘Dancing with the Stars’ and is among one of the popular contestants, courtesy of her flawless moves. How far do you think she will go in the competition?


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Richa Goswami is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. As an adherent learner, she uses her journalistic persona to navigate through new skills. Richa has completed her schooling at Don Bosco.