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- Lee had just returned home from the Olympics, with a parade celebrating her accomplishments in St. Paul, Minn. earlier this month, NextShark previously reported.
- She was the first Hmong American gymnast to win gold in the all-around gymnastics event with a final score of 57.433.
- Her teammate, Simone Biles, had dropped out of the competition citing mental health reasons but congratulated Lee in an Instagram post after her win.
- Lee had earned a silver medal with the team event prior and a bronze medal later in the Games on the uneven bars with a score of 14.500.
- She will be part of the Class of 2025, attending Auburn University in Alabama this fall, according to People.
- Lee wanted to take the opportunity to earn revenue with a recent NCAA motion that allows college athletes to make money off of their name, image and likeness.
- “I have to take advantage of this opportunity,” Lee said, reported Auburn Tigers. “Nobody has done it before. I want to help be the face of that and help other people in the future know that they can do college and still make money. I feel like it’s a win-win situation.”
- Lee, who will be studying business education, posted a photo of her on campus with the caption, “war eagle,” a nod to the school’s battle cry.
- Fans congratulated her on her new milestone, with one account noting it would be hard to beat her introductions to her freshmen peers.