The above video initially circulated on Aug. 3, 2021. Suni Lee is back on American soil, and has at long last rejoined with her family.
Thursday morning on the TODAY Show, Suni’s mother, father, and kin Jonah and Shyenne held up with Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie on the square to see their gold medalist.
When she came out, Suni strolled straight into her father Houa John Lee ‘s arms for a major embrace. “You did extraordinary,” he advised her while they embraced. “You did it.”
In Tokyo, the 18-year-old gymnastic specialist got herself a crate set of decorations: gold in the individual for what it’s worth, silver in the group last and bronze on lopsided bars.
“I think I recollect you saying you needed to put that (gold) decoration around your father’s neck. Would you like to do that now?” Guthrie inquired.
Suni, who has said her family and Minnesota’s Hmong people group assumed a gigantic part in supporting her acrobatic profession, then, at that point set her gold decoration around her father’s neck and gave the silver award to her mother, Yeev Thoj.
“I’m so pleased with her, so astounded,” said Houa John.
Suni and her dad are very close. “Me and my father unquestionably have the nearest bond out of everybody in my family,” she disclosed to KARE 11 out of 2019. That year, John was deadened starting from the waist in the wake of tumbling from a stepping stool while helping a companion cut an appendage from a tree.
Yet, Thursday, there was no lack of glad tears for the family. “Seeing her with the gold decoration, winning these awards, it made me so glad,” said Yeev on TODAY. “Glad tears.”
During the overall contest, many individuals joined Suni’s family in Oakdale to watch her contend. Video existing apart from everything else the room acknowledged she was returning home with gold, shot by KARE 11 anchor Gia Vang, immediately turned into a web sensation – seen a huge number of times on Twitter.
So what’s next for the three-time Olympic medalist? Suni has plans to begin her first year at Auburn University, where she’ll join the Tigers vaulting crew.