St. Paul’s Sunisa Lee (or Suni, as her supporters contact her), the initial Hmong American gymnast to compete at the Olympics, took property the gold medal in the women’s gymnastics all-about level of competition on Thursday evening in Tokyo. It is the fifth-straight gold medal in the classification for Team USA, which decides the greatest in general gymnast in the environment.

It was a close complete among the eighteen-calendar year-previous Lee and Brazil’s Rebeca Andrade, just successful by a margin of .a hundred thirty five factors. Andrade’s silver earn is the initial time Brazil has acquired a medal in women’s artistic gymnastics at the Olympics.

Lee’s rating on uneven bars, the place she can complete the most tricky plan in the environment, was strongest. She acquired fifteen.3 points, and has scored the optimum on bars out of any athlete in the Tokyo Olympics nonetheless. The uneven bars closing will take position on Sunday, Aug. one.

“It doesn’t sense like actual daily life. I did not assume I would ever be equipped to earn a gold medal. I’m speechless,” Lee reported afterward.

Simone Biles, who was deemed the favored to earn the all-about, required to sit out the level of competition, citing her mental wellness affecting her effectiveness. Biles won the gold in the classification at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, and has not misplaced an all-about since 2013. “It just felt like it would be a small bit much better to choose a back seat to operate on my mindfulness. I knew that the women would do an definitely excellent work and I did not want to possibility the team a medal,” Biles told reporters, “because they’ve labored way as well difficult for that.”

Back in Minnesota, Lee’s spouse and children and good friends cheered her on as hundreds attended a look at occasion in Oakdale in the early early morning hrs. Lee’s gymnastics profession started on a plywood stability beam her dad put collectively in their St. Paul yard, and she qualified at Midwest Gymnastics in Tiny Canada. Her earn is deemed a enormous milestone for her Hmong local community. 

In addition to Biles, Lee follows in the footsteps of her predecessors on the U.S. women’s gymnastics team: Gabby Douglas, Carly Patterson, and Nastia Liukin, who all turned Olympic champions in the all-about level of competition.

Two days previously, Lee and fellow Minnesotan Grace McCallum helped the women’s team protected the silver medal in the team closing after Biles’ withdrawal, but the Russian team clinched the gold medal.