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Tokyo Olympics: Sunisa Lee wins gold in the women’s individual all-around gymnastics final after Simone Biles withdraws

Suni Lee of St. Paul, Minn. is the first Hmong-American to represent the United States in an Olympics. (Star Tribune/TNS)

Sunisa Lee won gold for the U.S. in the women’s individual all-around gymnastics final after Simone Biles withdrew to focus on mental health.

Lee is the fifth American woman in a row to win the event.

“Congratulations on your performance today, joining the historic list of American champions,” USA Gymnastics tweeted.

Lee is originally from Saint Paul, Minn. and graduated high school this year.

She began gymnastics in 2009, according to the USA Gymnastics website.

“It was fun and I liked to do flips,” she said, according to the website.

Biles was originally favored to win the event but withdrew for the first time on Tuesday, citing mental health reasons. She then continued to withdraw from the Games on Thursday.

“It’s been really stressful this Olympic Games. I think just as a whole, not having an audience, there are a lot of different variables going into it, it’s been a long week, it’s been a long Olympic process, it’s been a long year,” she said. “So just a lot of different variables and I think we’re just a little bit too stressed out but we should be out here having fun and sometimes, that’s not the case.”

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