Auburn Flame Suni Lee Issues Public Support for Minnesota in Thrilling NCAA Gymnastics Match-Up

Published 01/23/2024, 10:20 AM EST

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The US Gymnast who is supposed to blame her fortune for the past year’s setbacks, thanks the universe instead. Keeping away from the super competitive year may have been tough for her, but Suni Lee mindfully prepared for the Olympics in the meantime. Getting diagnosed with a non-gymnastics-related kidney disease didn’t stop her from rallying. As her compatriots made big strides, she stood as their strongest supporter.

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Having debuted in the NCAA season in January 2022, Lee has led her team to victory several times. She was part of Auburn University, which she had to give up on in the wake of a disease. But besides supporting her Auburn girls in the current NCAA season, she extended heartfelt wishes to another team.

Suni Lee sided with Minnesota

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Mya Hooten, one of the most sought after gymnasts of the Minnesota Women’s Gymnastics has set the gymnastic mat ablaze, as per recent news. Registered with her college in the 2023/24 roster, the senior-year gymnast has been on top of her A-game. At the Mean Girls Super 16 (Jan. 6), she scored 9.875 on floor, bars and vault. Moving on, locking horns with Eastern Michigan, Hooten locked a perfect 10 on the floor in a Minnesota meet.

As of January 14, Big Ten declared her as the Big Ten Event Specialist of the Week. But another career-best vault performance has the Minnesota native Lee extending supportive notes. Big Ten’s Insta post reads, “STRAIGHT FROM THE TEXTBOOK!” featuring Hooten’s mindboggling discipline. Sharing it as her Insta story, the Olympian wrote, “my girllll” teamed with heart-eye emojis.

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Since the 2020 Tokyo Olympics all-around gold medalist hails from Minnesota herself, her heart always cries for her fellow natives. But this wasn’t the only instance of Lee supporting her home tribe. In a recent NFL game, she made a surprise visit.

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Lee cheered on alongside cheerleaders

Towards the initial NFL days, the Green Bay Packers had locked horns with the Minnesota Vikings. But skipping camera time with the players, the 20-year-old posed with the cheerleading girls, as the muppet Viktor the Viking took center stage. The Instagram story caption of Allison Nicole read, “met @sunisalee!!! so kind, so talented, what an honor!”.

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Donning the most casual wear comprising a baggy jacket and a simple pair of denims, the Olympian embraced the girls like a regular NFL fan. Unlike other gymnasts of great measure, Lee’s down-to-earth attitude was loved by all. Missing out on gymnastics for months, she will root for her second all-around gold at the Olympics.

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Agnijeeta Majumder

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With a passion for sports and an active lifestyle, I delved into the world of journalism and here I am creating insights on various avenues of the sporting realm. In my school years, I could often be found loitering about with a throw ball in hand or maybe engaging in a tough bout. My active participation in both traditional sports and hiking escapades has considerably shaped my mind and its thoughts.
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