Suni Lee is officially an Olympic gold medalist – and as fans around the world and their teammates flick through the news – there’s probably no one more proud than their parents.
Moments after the Team USA gymnast won the all-around on July 29, the Today show caught up with the teenage athlete’s parents. John Lee and Yeev Thojawho watched their daughter’s victorious performance from their Minnesota home.
“I almost cried and I never cry,” said John Today co-anchor Hoda Kotb. “I’m so happy that she won.”
At the age of just 18, Suni is the first Hmong American to take part in the Olympic Games and win a gold medal. The athlete achieved a score of 57.44 to secure her victory, which in turn defended the United States’ winning streak that began at the 2004 Olympics.
A moment closes for John, who built a balance beam for his daughter in her garden as a little girl.