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Walz proclaims Friday Sunisa Lee Day in Minnesota

Photo: AP Photo/Gregory Bull. Sunisa Lee, of the United States, embraces her coach Jeff Graba after performing on the uneven bars during the artistic gymnastics women's all-around final at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Thursday, July 29, 2021, in Tokyo.
Photo: AP Photo/Gregory Bull. Sunisa Lee, of the United States, embraces her coach Jeff Graba after performing on the uneven bars during the artistic gymnastics women's all-around final at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Thursday, July 29, 2021, in Tokyo.

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Updated: July 29, 2021 09:35 PM
Created: July 29, 2021 09:34 PM

(ABC 6 News) - After a gold medal-winning performance for Team USA on Thursday, Gov. Tim Walz is honoring St. Paul native Sunisa Lee.

The governor proclaimed Friday, July 30, 2021, as Sunisa Lee Day in Minnesota.

The 18-year-old was the first Hmong-American to compete in the Olympics and won a gold medal in the women's gymnastics individual all-around competition.

“Suni Lee, Minnesota’s own, has made our state and country proud by etching her name among the legendary USA Olympians that have won at the Summer Games,” said Governor Walz. “We so proud of you, Suni. Way to bring home the gold!”

“Congratulations to Team USA’s Suni Lee, the first Hmong-American Olympian, on bringing home the gold medal. Minnesota is so proud of you,” said Lieutenant Governor Flanagan. “That roar you hear coming from Minnesota is all of the love and excitement we’re sending to you in Tokyo! The story of your victory will be told to generations of Minnesotans as you exemplify the very best of who we are.”

Lee and her teammates have trained through adversity, including her father’s injury, the COVID-19 pandemic, and competing at venues without a live audience or fans to cheer them on.

Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter also plans to declare Sunisa Lee Day in the City of Saint Paul tomorrow.


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