US Gymnast Suni Lee Receives Stunning Mural Tribute After Gold Success in Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 10/09/2021, 5:08 AM EDT
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)


Suni Lee is an eighteen-year-old artistic gymnast. Despite starting her career at a rather young age, she has secured several titles under her belt. Notably, when the American won gold in the all-around category at the Summer Games in Tokyo she left the whole world awestruck with her talent and skills. Now, in a gesture of respect, honoring her incredible achievement, Suni Lee has been featured in a prestigious New St. Paul Mural.

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Sunil Lee on the New St. Paul Mural

After her remarkable performance in Tokyo, Suni Lee’s words of inspiration were quoted at the intersection of S. Robert Street and Sidney Street E. The quote was, “I made the country number one. I did it for my family and to inspire all the little kids in my community.

Also, the same lines feature in a song called, ‘Suni Lee’ by local rapper Lil Crush. Furthermore, it was very sweet of her grandparents to publically celebrate their granddaughter’s achievements and also promote the local artists. Notably, the wall of the painting belonged to the Lees.

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

The painting on the walls showed Suni Lee kissing the gold medal. Brimming with joy and pride, Choua Lee, her grandmother, said, “We want to honor Suni Lee for her accomplishments, but at the same time, this mural represents the achievement and success of the Hmong community here in the Twin Cities.

In my lifetime, I knew that we would eventually get there, but I certainly never expected that Suni was going to make it this far,” she added.

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Suni Lee, a star in the making

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During her time at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, she won silver and a bronze in the team and on the uneven bars, respectively. At the World Championships too, she bagged gold, silver and a bronze to create a mark for herself as a young artistic gymnast.

Starting her professional career in 2015, she climbed up the ladder of success, one exceptional move at a time. Managing her sporting career along with her education, the star also features in the popular show, ‘Dancing With The Stars.’

Sunisa Lee acknowledges the crowd after competing 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 was taken June 27, 2021. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson

Watching her grow and evolve into a world-class athlete, Suni Lee seems unstoppable. Taking long strides in her path to more and more laurels, she will indeed bring more glory and honor, not just to her loved ones, but also to the entire nation.

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Divya Chaturvedi

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Divya Chaturvedi is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing her Undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Delhi. She's also an internationally recognized athlete, specializing in Shot Put and Discus. Representing India at the International Children's Games in Australia has been one of the biggest feats in her endeavor so far.

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