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Olympic champion Sunisa Lee confirms Paris 2024 ambitions: ‘I do know what I even have to do to get there’

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Olympic champion Sunisa Lee confirms Paris 2024 ambitions: 'I know what I have to do to get there'

Sunia Lee would like to be golden – twice.

The reigning Olympic champion in women’s rhythmic gymnastics in the individual all-around will be aiming for an unprecedented second gold medal at Paris 2024The American revealed on Tuesday (November 15) in a video posted on her social media.

“Today I share a decision that has weighed on me for a very long time,” said 19-year-old Lee. “This will be my last season in which I compete Auburn University. I am very happy to share that after this season I am returning to elite gymnastics. My focus is on Paris 2024 and I know what I have to do to get there.”

“I can’t wait to roll up my sleeves and get to work,” added Lee. “Gymnastics is my passion and something I love so much because it pushes me to be the best version of myself every day.”

She’s back: Lee looks at Paris 2024

Lee was a surprise individual all-around champion in Tokyo 2020 when teammate and reigning Olympic champion Simone Biles dropped out of the competition halfway through the event.

Lee, just 18 at the time, made history in the Hmong American community before turning to gymnastics at Auburn University, where she was the national balance beam champion and runner-up in individual all-around in her first season. Trinity Thomas.

She will return to elite gymnastics for the entire season leading up to the 2024 Summer Olympics. World Cup in Liverpool (sixth in a row) against Brazil Rebecca Andrade claiming an individual title.

Lee added about her aspirations to Paris: “As an athlete who has competed at the highest level on the world’s biggest stage, I have been lucky enough to experience this once-in-a-lifetime feeling – and indescribable emotion, when a gold medal is won. wrapped around the neck. But I don’t want it to be just once in a lifetime.

Lee – if she can make it to Paris and compete in the individual competition – will try to become the first back-to-back women’s all-around champion since Vera Caslavska Czech Republic in 1964 and 1968.

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