“It’s Taking Away the Joy” : US Gymnast Suni Lee Troubled by Hectic Life After Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 11/11/2021, 9:06 AM EST
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


Having the spotlight might be a teenager’s dream; however, handling the spotlight isn’t a cakewalk. 18-year-old Olympic sensation, Suni Lee is struggling with her hectic schedule after her Tokyo Olympics glory.

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Suni Lee clinched her maiden Olympic gold medal at her first-ever mega-game appearance in Tokyo. Notably, since then she has had a busy calendar, from fashion events to a dancing show.

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Suni Lee opens up on the side-effects of stardom

Entering her first inning in the mega-quadrennial games, Suni wasn’t the favorite to win a medal, it was Simone Biles. Unexpectedly, the gymnastics GOAT had to withdraw from the matches, citing mental health issues. That’s when a new American gymnastics star was spotted, Suni Lee. The young Olympian got home the gold, safeguarding America’s title in gymnastics.

TOKYO, JAPAN – AUGUST 03: Sunisa Lee and Simone Biles of Team United States look on during warm-ups prior to the Women’s Balance Beam Final on day eleven of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics Centre on August 03, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Since Tokyo Olympics, Suni has been in the limelight, she attended the fashion event, Met Gala, and is currently competing in “Dancing with the Stars.” Lee has been not able to take out time for herself, busy with the chaos of her new star life.

In a recent interview with Pop Sugar, Suni Lee opened up about her hectic life, and how she could not enjoy the moments. Suni said, “I’m getting too caught up in my head that it’s taking away the joy from the experience. I’m surrounded by people every day, and sometimes, I like to just be alone. I haven’t really had a day to just chill and do nothing.”

Suni Lee’s coach since she was 7 years old also talked about her stardom. Jess said being an Olympian was Lee’s focus, not being famous. “She doesn’t want to be rich. She doesn’t want to be famous. She just wanted to go to the Olympics,” he added

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A look back at Lee’s stellar run in Tokyo

Suni Lee clinched three medals in her maiden Olympics, rising up to American hopes when Simone Biles had to withdraw. Lee had secured gold and bronze medal in women’s artistic all-around and uneven bars, respectively. While she also won the silver medal in the women’s team event with team USA.

TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 29: Sunisa Lee of Team United States poses with her gold medal after winning 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)

Being exposed to the lights and camera at such a young age has not been easy on Suni. Albeit she is thriving and keeping her chin up, and is hoping to win the Dancing with the Stars show. Do you think the young star will add the show’s trophy to the list of her achievements?

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Shreya Verma

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Shreya Verma is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. A post-graduation student in political science, Shreya is also a professional 10m air pistol shooter. Taking after her athlete father, she was naturally inclined towards the athletic life.

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