Suni Lee’s pepper spray incident and her nervous breakdown


Gymnastics queen Suni Lee revealed that she was recently attacked with pepper spray and was called racist slurs at a party with friends. It came after her fantastic performance at the Tokyo Olympics, where she won three medals for the US team.

Since the age of seven, Lee has competed in gymnastics and made history by becoming the first American Hmong to compete in the Olympics and win a gold medal.

The 18-year-old became the US Representative after Simone Biles came out to deal with mental health issues. Her victory allowed her to participate in “Dancing With The Stars” and ensured future opportunities for the gymnast.

Lee recently participated in DWTS, and according to Parade, she played with a stomach virus. She initially withdrew from the performance, but the gold medalist took the stage with encouragement from her partner and the producer.

Lee’s pepper spray incident

Lee has achieved tremendous feats for someone his age. The 18-year-old won gold, silver and bronze medals for her participation in the 2020 Olympics after gymnast Biles resigned. The victory led to her appearing on DWTS, and the rest is history.

In a recent interview with Pop sugar, the gold medalist revealed that she was recently the victim of a racist attack. Lee told the magazine that she spent an evening with some of her Asian friends and that while trying to get a cab, the group was verbally assaulted.

People in the car made anti-Asian comments like “Ching Chong” and told the group to “go back to where they came from.” One of them even went so far as to spray pepper on his arm before setting off.

“I was so angry, but there was nothing I could do or control because they got around,” she recalls. “I didn’t do anything to them, and having the reputation it’s so hard because I didn’t want to do anything that could get me in trouble. I just let it happen.

Lee struggled on ‘DWTS’

Lee showed his strength and professionalism during his performance on “DWTS”. Prior to her performance, the gold medalist suffered from a stomach virus. After the show, Sasha Farber told reporters it was probably the hardest week for him on the show in some time.

“It was so stressful. The poor girl started to feel really sick on Tuesday, and then it just got worse and worse. We must have missed rehearsals.

The gymnast performed her solo dance and the relay dance that evening. According to Parade, she rushed off the stage after dancing the cover of “We Will Rock You” by Paso Doble. Farber revealed that the gymnast almost gave up just before the dance started but returned after words of encouragement.

“I was like ‘Suni, you have this. Come on. It’s game time.’ She turned around, and she said to me, ‘Um hm, um hm’, holding her in place, and she held her for a minute 35 seconds, then the second the dance ended, she ran to a trash can.

Besides the stomach issue, Lee revealed that she is going through emotional issues. This may be due to the pressure of her performance on the show or the racist attack she suffered some time ago.

Simone Biles suffered from mental health issues

Most people think of athletes as strong, great individuals who don’t face the same issues as ordinary people, but this is far from the truth. Biles has recently experienced several mental health issues. The gymnast was Lee’s teammate on the U.S. gymnastics team, and her troubles led her to withdraw from the 2020 Olympics.

Today revealed that Biles’ mental health issues triggered an illness called ‘the twisties’. The condition made her dizzy when she was on air during the twists. Despite her love for the sport, the gymnast did not participate properly due to her condition.


Lee and Biles aren’t the only athletes to have experienced mental health issues. Michael Phelps spoke about fighting depression and joined an online therapy company to stress the importance of treatment. These athletes are taking action to emphasize the importance of mental health in athletes.

“It’s okay to feel depressed sometimes, but what I realized is that it’s important to express your feelings and ask for help,” Lee said. “… There is so much power to owning your feelings. It is not weakness; it’s actually taking control.

Lee’s victory at the 2020 Olympics

At the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, Lee represented the United States team. The 18-year-old came back with a gold medal for the women’s all-around, a silver for the team all-around and a bronze for the metal uneven bars.

Lee said Coveteur, “I’m proud of myself that I got to make it to the Olympics,” Lee mused, “because it was such a tough time when Simone pulled out, plus Covid, and there was nothing more we could do than going from our room to the arena and coming back in. That was the hardest thing.

Tokyo Olympics 2020

Besides being the first Hmong American to compete, Lee is the first Asian American to win a gold medal in gymnastics. “My goal is simply to change the norm and the exception for the Hmong people,” said the gymnast,
“Because I have the impression that every Hmong woman or man has an expectation imposed on them, especially girls. Girls usually don’t play sports. They cook, clean, take care of the children. A lot of people get married at 18, and I do just the opposite.


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