Suni Lee Was Ready to Walk Away From Gymnastics Before Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 11/23/2021, 8:13 AM EST
ST LOUIS, MISSOURI – JUNE 27: Suni Lee competes on the uneven bars during the Women’s competition of the 2021 U.S. Gymnastics Olympic Trials at America’s Center on June 27, 2021 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)


The Tokyo Olympics 2020 saw the culmination of a new hero in Suni Lee. Significantly, Simone Biles withdrew from some gymnastics competitions, which allowed Lee to take the lead. She won a gold, a silver, and a bronze medal, in what was a sensational outing.

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Now, she focuses on pursuing her other interests and enjoying her life outside of the sport. However, things were not always as smooth sailing as now. Shocking fans, Suni recently revealed that before appearing in Tokyo, she wanted to quit gymnastics.

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Suni Lee wanted to quit gymnastics

In the dreadful pandemic that claimed the lives of many, Lee, unfortunately, lost someone dear to her as well. As the Tokyo Olympics was further delayed by a year, Lee, herself, was unsure of appearing in the games.

“I was thinking I should chill for a little bit and not do gymnastics, just focus on myself because at that point, honestly, my gymnastics was very bad. I wasn’t in the gym and I was just in my head too much, so it was hard for me to stay focused on the goal. There was a point where I was ready to just be done with gymnastics,” said Lee.

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)

The delay in the Olympic Games further added to the atrocities and difficulties Olympians face in their preparations for the mega-quadrennial games. Hence, Suni Lee had a hard time, like others, maintaining focus. Notably, it was Simone Biles who brought the situation to light.

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Biles shocked the world with her decision to withdraw from the games in Tokyo. After deciding to quit amidst pressure and other expectations, she is now performing in her Gold Over America Tour, in an attempt to inspire and attract younger talent to the sport.

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)

Now, she is a great advocate for mental health and its importance, helping people to open up about the same. Biles’ commitment and passion for the sport remain concrete. However, she is currently enjoying life away from the mat and has no intentions of making a return anytime soon.

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After a run in the reality show, ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ Lee now just wants to get a degree and go to college. When do you think Biles and Lee will return to the sport?

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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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