Simone Biles is not the only U.S. gymnast leaving for the Tokyo Olympics. Eighteen-year old Suni Lee has locked up one of the two spots for the team with her second-place finish in the two-day trials event. Simones Biles, scored high in her all-around performance, made a mistake on uneven bars , a fall on the balance beam and a step out of bounds on each of her two floor passes, allowing Lee to take hold the advantage to finish first at the trials. Lee
combined crisp releases in a fluteless routine that gave her the highest bars score on Sunday. On the first day of the competition, Lee, a two-time U.S. champion on bars also has a world bronze on the apparatus, scored 15,300 on her routine, the highest score received in her career.
Lee said, ” I think it’s just a really proud moment overall because it’s such a hard bar routine and when it finally came together, it just felt like all my hard work paid off.”
Lee led the competition on the balance beam a confident, clean, routine to edge Biles who has an olympic bronze in the event. [The two contenders],Lee nor Chiles have no reason to worry about making the team. Lee’s faultiness performance on beam positioned her in second behind Biles.
Recently three weeks ago, Lee struggled through an ankle injury that had left her with a noticeable limp. Last week, she said her ankle had been getting stronger with competition and she is expected that to continue if she made the Olympic team.
In 2019, Lee’s father, John Lee fell from a ladder while helping a friend trim a tree that paralyzed him from the chest down. He is doing electronic stimulation on his legs, but remains in a wheelchair. Having faced the many challenges, Lee continues to compete in nationals and finished second behind Biles in the all-around competition, a contender for the Tokyo. She also made the gold medal-winning team for world champion this year