Olympian Sunisa Lee Ending College Gymnastics Career Early Due to Health Issue

Olympian Sunisa "Suni" Lee announced on Instagram that her college gymnastics career has come to an early close over a "non-gymnastics health related issue."

By Angie Orellana Hernandez Apr 03, 2023 8:49 PMTags
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Sunisa "Suni" Lee is stepping off the mat.

The Olympian recently announced that she will prematurely end her college gymnastics career at Auburn University due to a "non-gymnastics health related issue" related to her kidneys.

"For my safety, the medical team did not clear me to train and compete over the last few weeks," Lee wrote on her Instagram Stories April 3. "I am blessed and thankful to be working with the best specialized medical to treat and among my diagnosis. My focus at this time is my health and recovery."

Though her time at Auburn gymnastics has been cut short, the 20-year-old, who enrolled at the school after being crowned the all-around champion at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, is still hoping to stick more landings at the 2024 Olympic Games. After all, the sports star has plenty of Olympic medals to win after previously picking up a bronze medal for the uneven bars and a silver medal for the team all-around competition with teammates Simone Biles, Jordan Chiles and Grace McCallum.

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"It's been challenging to end my Auburn career early, but I am thankful for all of the love & support," she continued. "I will not stop pursuing my dreams for a bid to Paris in 2024. In fact, this experience has sharpened my vision for the future."

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She also extended a message of gratitude to her fellow teammates, who recently competed in the 2023 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships, as well as the entire Auburn community, adding, "war eagle forever." During her time at Auburn, Lee nabbed a gold medal for the balance beam and was named the silver all-around medalist at the 2022 NCAA Championships.

"I am so proud of my team and the way they showed determination and resilience this season," Lee added. "Auburn, thank you for the best 2 years of my life and for giving me the opportunity to make history alongside this amazing group. I am forever grateful for this community."

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