Nov 1, 2022 - Sports

Suni Lee still has eyes on the 2024 Olympics

Photo illustration of Suni Lee with a gymnast on a balance beam in the background.

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Olympic gold medalist Suni Lee remains undecided about competing in the 2024 Olympics, but the St. Paul native told Axios that she does “want to try.”

What she’s saying: “Right now I'm more focused on school and training. Because I do want to try and make the next Olympic team,” Lee told Axios about her plans for the future.

State of play: The all-around gymnastics champion has been noncommittal about returning to the 2024 Olympics in Paris. In mid-October, she said she was “unsure” if she’ll choose to compete.

The big picture: Lee, a sophomore at Auburn University in Alabama, rose to stardom after her performance at the 2020 Games in Tokyo.

Zoom in: Lee spoke to Axios ahead of today’s launch of a new NIL partnership with Clif Bar and Voice In Sport Foundation, a nonprofit working to establish formal Title IX training at college campuses nationwide.

  • Lee has signed on as a booster of the program and several campuses in Minnesota will be participating on a rolling basis, though Voice In Sport declined to say which ones.

Lee spoke with Audrey about her training, go-to spots and more…

What’s on her calendar: “I do online school, so I fly back and forth [from Alabama] often and train about seven hours a day in Minnesota. It’s been a hard transition… but I absolutely love college.”

Her favorite places in the Twin Cities: “Grand Avenue in St. Paul — Treats is my favorite boba and ice cream shop ever. That, and I go to Hmong Village all the time.”

What she doesn’t miss about Minnesota: “In Alabama, it’s 70 degrees in October. No snow on Christmas threw me off, but it’s super warm all the time. I love it.”

On using her voice: “The Hmong community has always been there for me, before and after the Olympics. I’ve felt so supported. I want to help with putting them on the map, because not a lot of people know about us — it feels cool to be a voice for them.”


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