Olympic gymnast Suni Lee makes a triumphant return to the Twin Cities


August 6, 2021

From left, Olivia Her, 7, and others from Midwest Gymnastics wait for Suni Lee to arrive home. Photo: Glen Stubbe, Star Tribune

Fourteen-year-old Sam Luttrell wedged herself into a crowd of nearly 200 who descended on the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Thursday to welcome hometown hero and Olympic gold medalist Suni Lee.

Fans spelled out their excitement in glitter and a rainbow of colors on homemade signs to celebrate the triumphant return of the 18-year-old medal winner from the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

She is the first Hmong American to make the U.S. Olympic team. She won gold in the women's gymnastics all-around, silver in the team competition and bronze on uneven bars, the event for which she is best known.



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