2020 Tokyo Olympics: Herschel Walker Reacts to Suni Lee Winning Gold in Gymnastics All-Around

by Suzanne Halliburton

Herschel Walker is a huge fan of the Tokyo Olympics. And in his latest social media post, the former football star offered props to Suni Lee.

After her performance, Thursday, who doesn’t appreciate Lee, the 18-year-old from St. Paul, Minnesota. She used power and grace to win the women’s all-around gymnastics title this week. The event is one of the most high profile at the Tokyo Olympics. Everyone watches, including Walker.

He tweeted: “Totally Awesome SUNI LEE…you make America proud!”

Yes, the Suni Lee story is truly an awe-inspiring one. Count on somebody making a movie of her story. She’s the first generation-American and daughter of two immigrants from Laos. She’s barely out of high school, yet she stood on the international stage in front of millions watching around the world and won the all-around gold medal. The all-around literally means the best all-around gymnast, since competitors need to be excellent in each skill.

Plus, Suni Lee wasn’t expected to be the winner. Maybe that lowered the pressure. Or maybe it fanned it. Simone Biles, who won the all-around at the 2016 Games in Rio, was the hands-down favorite to defend her crown at the Tokyo Olympics. But Biles withdrew as the team finals started, saying she had the “twisties,” a condition that can be exacerbated by stress and anxiety. That left Suni Lee as the best and basically only option for American gold in the all-around. Coming into the Tokyo Olympics, a gymnast from the United States won the last four all-around titles.

Herschel Walker Is a Unique Fan of Tokyo Olympics

Herschel Walker knows athletics. He might be known solely for football. After all, Walker won the Heisman Trophy in 1982 when he was a running back at Georgia. He enjoyed a nice NFL career, with two Pro Bowl appearances. But football wasn’t enough to sustain his creative, competitive juices. So he earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic team in 1992 for the Winter Games in Albertville, France. He was part of the two-man bobsled team.

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Earlier in the week, Walker was live-tweeting swimming from the Tokyo Olympics, cheering on his fellow Georgia Bulldogs going for gold. He posted: “The DAWGS are winning more medals faster than I can tweet…right now more than some Countries!! Congrats.”

He loved the American softball team’s performance at the Tokyo Olympics. That competition started a few days before the opening ceremony and ended Tuesday. The United States lost to Japan in the gold medal game.

Walker posted: “As Ricky Bobby always says… “If you’re not first, you’re last” but I saw the passion of USA Softball Olympics Team & Cat Osterman- you guys are true fighters & winners and made America proud!! BIG CONGRATS.”

Walker really is watching a lot of women’s events at the Tokyo Olympics. He also loved the American team that won the women’s 3X3 basketball gold medal.

“Big Congrats to @TeamUSA winning Gold Medal in the first ever 3 on 3 Woman’s Olympic Basketball! …and a Big SHOUT OUT to my neighbor @Graytness_15 from Sandersville, Georgia!!”

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