Suni Lee Reveals She Avoided Hanging Out With Friends for Gymnastics Training- “Something I Fell in Love With”

Published 12/29/2021, 2:08 PM EST
TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 29: Sunisa Lee of Team United States competes on balance beam 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 Julian Finney/Getty Images)


Suni Lee is well known for her glorifying outing at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, where she became the all-around champion. Since then, Lee has emerged as one of the most influential gymnasts of all time, despite her tender age. Not just through her efforts and hard work, but the athlete’s approach towards life is also noteworthy.

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Undoubtedly, being an elite athlete of any sport demands a lot of work and sacrifices. Lee, who turned towards the sport at a rather young age, gave up several things to prioritize the sport.

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Recently, the athlete announced her collaboration with PrettyLittleThing, a UK-based brand, to release a new stunning clothing collection. Lee even joined the team for a podcast this week, where she spoke about the early years of her life and how she made time for gymnastics growing up.

How did Suni Lee make time for Gymnastics?

The athlete was just six years old when she first turned towards the sport. After severe training and practice sessions, the Minnesota teen finally reached the top.

Suni recently appeared in a weekly episode of PrettyLittleThing’s podcast. The athlete talked about the sacrifices she made when she was young to take some time out for the sport.

If somebody were to ask me, hang out when I was like a baby or something like when I was younger, I’d be like, ‘Oh, I have gymnastics, I have to go to gymnastic practice’ like it was something I just fell in love with,said Lee.

Lee’s journey towards being a successful gymnast

Notably, Lee also spoke about her first encounter with gymnastics. The athlete shared how through YouTube she learned about flips and tricks and always tried to replicate them.

I started gymnastics when I was around six years old. I was always just like watching YouTube videos and trying to do flips,” said Lee.

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TOKYO, JAPAN – AUGUST 03: Sunisa Lee of Team United States competes during 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)

Lee mentioned how her father had been a constant support during her initial days and how it was something that they bonded over.

“My dad would always like spot me, even though he didn’t know what he was doing either,” said the star gymnast.

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Safe to say, years of sheer struggle and hard work has finally paid off for Lee. Today, she is regarded as one of the best in the business, with a much brighter future in front of her.

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Richa Goswami

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Richa Goswami is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. As an adherent learner, she uses her journalistic persona to navigate through new skills. Richa has completed her schooling at Don Bosco.

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