Gymnast Suni Lee Wins Gold as Teammate Simone Biles Cheers Her on in Tokyo Olympics Stands

A golden moment for Suni Lee! The gymnast won the individual all-around competition at the Tokyo Olympics, with her teammates cheering her on.

By Samantha Schnurr Jul 29, 2021 1:43 PMTags

Olympic gold medalist Suni Lee has a nice ring to it.

The 18-year-old athlete won the all-around competition on Thursday, July 29, while gymnast Jade Carey came in eighth place. As the duo competed, their fellow teammates, including Simone Biles, Riley McCusker, Jordan Chiles and MyKayla Skinner cheered them on in the crowd.

While Biles, 24, sparked major conversation from the Tokyo summer games after withdrawing from the team and individual all-around finals this week, that has not stopped her from being by her team's side. After Biles withdrew from the all-around finals, Carey was able to step into her spot.

Ultimately, the team had plenty to cheer about as 18-year-old Lee won the gold, defending the United States winning streak held since the 2004 Olympics in Athens. Biles was last to win the title in Rio in 2016. 

As Today's Hoda Kotb aptly wrote on Instagram, "I'm not crying... YOU'RE crying!!! @sunisalee_ best all around!!!!!"

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As you let the happy tears flow, check out more heartwarming photos of the team below!

July 27: Starting Off on a Good Note

Simone reacts during the gymnastics women's team final.

Cheering on Their Friends

Simone and teammate Grace Mc Callum react during the gymnastics women's team final.

Biggest Cheerleader

Simone and teammate Grace McCallum react during the gymnastics women's team final.

Two Thumbs Up

Simone appears at the women's gymnastics team final.

Team Clap-tain

Simone, Grace McCallum and Jordan Chiles cheer for teammate Sunisa "Suni" Lee as she competes on uneven bars during the women's gymnastics team final.

Round of Applause

Simone appears with her teammates at the women's gymnastics team final.

Defying Gravity

Simone Biles appears mid-air during her performance at the women's gymnastics team final on July 27.

Simon's Scare

Simone lands her vault in the women's gymnastics team final. The athlete was scheduled to perform 2.5 twists in the air completed just 1.5. 

The "Twisties"

Simone later explains at a press conference that she "got "a little bit lost in the air," and later confirmed she had developed the "twisties," or mid-air disorientation.

July 27: Simone Withdraws From Team Final

Disappointed with her performance, Simone walks off the competition floor after her vault at the women's gymnastics team final on July 27. She later withdraws from the event.

Fab Four

Despite withdrawing from the women's gymnastics team final after one rotation, Simone helped her team win the silver medal. Here she is pictured with teammates Jordan Chiles, Grace McCallum and Sunisa "Suni" Lee.

Dynamic Duo

Simone and Jordan Chiles react after receiving their silver medals.

Bear Hugs

Simone helps congratulate the Russian team on their gold medal victory.

Red, White & Booty Bump

Simone and Jordan Chiles celebrate on the podium of the gymnastics women's team final.

July 28: Simon Withdraws From 2nd Final

Amid ongoing mental health concerns and case of the "twisties," Simone opts out of the women's individual all-around final.

Team Effort

But Simone did join fellow Team USA members Jordan Chiles and MyKayla Skinner and Riley McCusker—who did not qualify for the Tokyo Olympics—to support their teammate Sunia "Suni" Lee" from the stands during the women's gymnastics individual all-around final. 

Hi Simone!

The Olympic gold medalist smiled and waved from the stands at the women's individual all-around final on July 29.  

July 30: 2 More Withdrawals

Simone withdraws from the uneven bars and vault finals. In the latter, she is replaced by MyKayla Skinner, who appeared to end her 2020 Tokyo Olympics journey days earlier when she failed to qualify for individual finals.

Aug. 1: Another Withdrawal

After pulling out of her fifth event, the floor exercise final, Simone was seen cheering on her teammates at the women's gymnastics uneven bars final.

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