“Messed With My Mental Health”: Suni Lee Reveals the Truth Behind the Pandemic’s Effect on Her

Published 12/31/2021, 9:00 AM EST
TOKYO, JAPAN – AUGUST 03: Sunisa Lee of Team United States warms up 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)


The covid-19 pandemic has caused distress to all. Its restrictions and danger have affected people in unimaginable ways, giving rise to several mental issues as well. Like all, star gymnast Suni Lee also fell victim to the effects of the lockdown that was imposed.

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The famous gymnast had a tough time dealing with everything on her plate, as she recently revealed. In fact, she also had thoughts of quitting the sport. But, fighting through all adversities, she rose to the occasion and scripted history at Tokyo Olympics 2020.

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Suni Lee wanted to quit

Like most people, Lee found it hard to accustom to the new normal. Notably, the pandemic forced athletes to change their training routines, further affecting their preparations. Gone were those days when they could practice going out in the open. By being restricted to video calls and home workouts, many athletes like Lee found it hard to focus. Recently, she opened up on the problems she faced during the pandemic.

Lee said, “Yes, the pandemic definitely messed with my mental health because I was taking my room. But I think there were definitely some upsides to it and some downsides.”

Sunisa Lee of United States of America during the all around artistic gymnastics final at the Olympics at Ariake Gymnastics Centre, Tokyo, Japan on July 29, 2021. (Photo by Ulrik Pedersen/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

“Like I got to spend a lot more time with my family, which I didn’t ever really get to spend a lot of time with my family, I probably spent more time with my coach than I have with my family,” she added.

Notably, while addressing the problems, Lee also revealed how she coped up with everything.

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Overcoming her problem

The pandemic, however, also made people realize the value of the rather small things in life that are often taken for granted. It helped change people’s perspectives about life. Certainly, a sense of unity and togetherness also helped all, despite the isolation forced upon society.

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“But the one thing that I always told myself throughout the pandemic was like, I cannot control this, and I should not do anything. I should not feel some type of way just because like, it was out of my control. And everybody was going through the same thing,” Lee said.

TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 29: Sunisa Lee of Team United States reacts after competing on uneven bars 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) 

“So like, I think that helped me knowing that everybody was going through the same thing. And it wasn’t just me,” said Lee.

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Overcoming the toughest of challenges, Lee fetched three medals at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Truly, she is an inspiration for all.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is a US Sports and 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 center the respect he deserves.

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