Simone Biles is showing some serious love to the Olympic All-Around Champion, Sunisa Lee!
The gymnast, who pulled out of the competition citing mental health concerns, was all in for the celebration of Lee’s phenomenal victory! Shortly after Sunisa made history for being the first Hmong-American athlete to make it to the Olympics and win the gold, Biles took to social media to honor her amazing performance. Simone shared a picture of Sunisa and herself embracing while holding up their silver medals from the team competition.
“CONGRATS PRINCESS 🤍✨✨ absolutely killed it!!! OLYMPIC CHAMPION RIGHT HERE !!! So so so beyond proud of you!!!!” Biles captioned the loving post.
Sunisa won the gold with a score of 57.433 at the Tokyo Olympics on Thursday, July 29, beating Rebeca Andrade of Brazil and Angelina Melnikova of the Russian Olympic Committee.
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The party didn’t stop at the podium! Simone surprised Sunisa at the door of her hotel room in Tokyo, and they did a happy dance now that the gold medal-winning performance has sunk in. Biles excitedly screamed as Lee danced while holding the gold. “YESSSSS BBBBBBBYYY,” Simone wrote across the IG story video, “the queen has arrived.”
Sunisa’s Family Reacts
SHE DID IT 👏
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 29, 2021
Try not to get emotional when watching Sunisa’s family and their incredible reaction to her victory! The video of the large group’s excitement really allows their true feelings to come through the screen. Believe it or not, Sunisa’s reaction to winning was calm and collected compared to the ruckus that ensued when her family watched her dream come true.
The 18-year-old started gymnastics when she was just six and credits watching YouTube videos of former champions Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson for inspiring her. “Once I started, I just couldn’t stop,” she told the New York Times. “It looked so fun, and I wanted to try it myself.” The talented young lady is no stranger to winning either. She took first place in the 2019 World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, and won other prestigious competitions.
Sunisa will be heading off to college after the gold-medal hype winds down. In fact, she verbally committed to Auburn University when she was just 14-years-old and will compete as a Tiger.