US gymnast Suni Lee will leave Tokyo with a gold, silver, and bronze medal, but there is just one more thing she has to have.
The 18-year-old said one of the first things she’ll do when she returns home to St. Paul, Minnesota is see her family and get some good food.
“I want Chick-Fil-A so bad,” Lee told USA Today. “We’ve had the same food every single day being here.”
Let’s hope she doesn’t return from Tokyo on a Sunday.
Suni Lee is going to have to pack a lot into her return trip home to Minnesota because six days after she lands she is moving to Alabama to attend Auburn University where she’ll be a member of the Tigers gymnastics team. And yes, she’s taking her medals with her.
“I don’t want to lose them, and I don’t want anything to happen to them,” Suni Lee said. “I’m probably going to take my worlds medals too, just in case. I think it’s a really good reminder and it’s gonna push me every single day to be even better.”
Lee won a gold medal in the Women’s All-around Individual competition. She also earned a silver medal as part of the Women’s All-Around Team event. And she won a bronze medal in the Women’s Uneven Bars.
“I’m super proud of myself. Not very many people can say that they come to the Olympics their first time and bring home three medals,” Lee said. “It’s so crazy how this Olympics experience has been. It’s been probably the weirdest one, so I’m really excited to go home and kind of let it all sink in.”
Suni Lee Set Up for a Big Payday after Olympics
Lee became one of the standout competitors from the Tokyo Olympics when she helped continue America’s unbeaten streak in the Women’s All-Around Individual Competition. An American has taken gold in the event for the past five Olympics now, NBC News said. A streak that was in jeopardy after Simone Biles, likely America’s greatest gymnast ever, withdrew from the competition to focus on her mental health.
Because of Lee’s performance, she will likely be inundated with endorsement deals. Biles became a star after a standout performance at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
And thanks to an NCAA rule change, Suni Lee won’t have to choose college or cash. The NCAA will allow athletes to make money off of their name, image, and likeness (NIL) beginning this year. US Swimmer Katie Ledecky wasn’t so lucky after the 2016 Games when she had to turn down all endorsement offers to attend Stanford University.
Lee’s gymnastics coach at Auburn, Jeff Graba, said he’s so happy that collegiate athletes aren’t put into that position anymore.
“I just love the fact that… thank goodness for the NIL, because she doesn’t have to make a horrible decision,” Graba said, according to al.com. “She’s capable of, in her words, ‘I want it all. I want to be able to do everything.’ Now she actually gets that shot.”