Olympic gymnastics star Suni Lee attacked with pepper spray; See full details

Olympic gymnastics star Suni Lee attacked with pepper spray; See full details

 

Olympic gold medallist Suni Lee said she was recently pepper sprayed in a racist attack while visiting her hometown in Minnesota.

The 18-year-old gymnast said she and her friends, who are of Asian descent, were waiting for an Uber when a car sped past them with people inside hurling racist slurs.

 

Ms Lee said one person from inside the car pepper sprayed her arm before they drove away. They yelled slurs such as “ching chong” and said they should “go back to where they came from”, she said in an interview with Pop Sugar published on Wednesday.

 

 

Recalling the incident that took place in October, she said: “I was so mad, but there was nothing I could do or control because they skirted off.”

 

 

Olympic gymnastics star Suni Lee attacked with pepper spray; See full details

“I didn’t do anything to them, and having the reputation, it’s so hard because I didn’t want to do anything that could get me into trouble. I just let it happen,” the gymnast added.

 

 

Ms Lee said that after the incident, she called her coach Jess Graba, who flew out to Los Angeles to be with her.

 

 

The athlete is the first Hmong American to participate in the Olympics. She struggles to wrap her head around these hateful crimes and speak on sensitive topics such as racial injustice, she pointed out.

 

 

In the tell-all interview, she spoke about mental health and the support she received after coming forward about self care.

 

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