When Suni Lee won the all-around gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, she wrote history for the Hmong-American community. Since her Olympic victory, Lee’s schedule has been packed, giving her no time to start training for her next Olympic feat.
So now that she’s finally back home in Saint Paul, Minnesota, from college, her first order of business was to go and see the murals commissioned by her grandparents to celebrate her gold.
The Suni Lee mural in Saint Paul
The 19-year-old gymnast updated her Instagram with pictures of her standing in front of the murals, captioned, “first stop back home 🏼 so surreal seeing all the love and support I have. finally got to see these in person, pictures truly don’t do these murals justice 🤍”.
Suni Lee’s grandparents Choua and Cheu Lee commissioned St. Paul artist Mwene Kajunju “MK”, to paint the mural that shows Lee in black and white, biting her bright-colored Olympic gold medal. It is painted on the side of a building owned by the Lees.
The mural features a quote by Suni Lee that says, “I made the country number one. I did it for my family and to inspire all the little kids in my community.” Lee also posed with the wall depicting her and gymnastics legend Simone Biles, taking a picture with their silver medals.
What has Lee been up to?
Since her Olympic victory, Lee has been showered with many honors from her country. She not only received the “Asia Game Changer Award”, but the governor of Minnesota and the mayor of St. Paul declared July 30, 2021, to be “Sunisa Lee Day”.
Lee also competed in the NCAA Championships, the first all-around Olympic champion to do so. Here, she reunited with part of the Olympic team thanks to the name, image, and likeness policy. Lee won the balance beam title, came in second for the all-around event, and helped Auburn to a fourth-place team finish. College Gym News named her Freshman of the Year for her efforts.
The three-time Olympic medalist was also a contestant on ‘Dancing With The Stars in Los Angeles. She made it all the way to the semi-finals before she got eliminated. Currently, Suni Lee is studying at Auburn University in Alabama. She is competing as part of the Auburn Tigers, coached by Jess Graba.