Sunisa Lee will make one more run in Olympic glory.
The 2020 women’s all-around champion announced on Tuesday that she will be returning to training at the elite level following the conclusion of her second season at Auburn next spring.
“I was able to experience a once-in-a-lifetime emotion and the indescribable emotion when a gold medal is wrapped around your neck,” Lee said. said in a social media post. “But I don’t want this to happen once in a lifetime.”
Lee, 19, became the fifth outstanding American woman to win an Olympic title, beating Brazilian Rebeca Andrade in a tough final at the Ariake Gymnastics Center. competition to focus on mental health.
The victory instantly made Lee, a Hmong-American, famous. But that didn’t stop him from fulfilling his commitment to compete for Auburn. The Tigers are coached by Lee’s personal coach, Jess Graba’s twin brother, Jeff Graba.
Lee became the first Olympic champion to compete at the NCAA level as attendance increased wherever he and the Tigers went. Lee hopes to take Auburn, who finished fourth in the finals last spring, back to the NCAA championships.
Still, less than two years away from the 2024 games, the Minnesota native will be returning to elite training next spring in hopes of being ready in time to form the five-woman U.S. Olympic team. An American team led by 2020 Olympians Jade Carey and Jordan Chiles won gold at the world championships earlier this month.
“I have my eyes set on Paris in 2024 and I know what I have to do to get there,” Lee said. “I can’t wait to roll up my sleeves and get to work.”