Walz proclaims Friday Sunisa Lee Day in Minnesota | KSTP.com

Walz proclaims Friday Sunisa Lee Day in Minnesota

Josh Skluzacek
Updated: July 30, 2021 01:07 PM
Created: July 29, 2021 05:56 PM

After Sunisa Lee's gold medal-winning performance for Team USA on Thursday, Gov. Tim Walz is honoring the St. Paul native.

The governor proclaimed Friday, July 30, 2021, as Sunisa Lee Day in Minnesota.

The 18-year-old was the first Hmong-American to compete in the Olympics and won a gold medal in the women's gymnastics individual all-around competition.

"Suni Lee, Minnesota's own, has made our state and country proud by etching her name among the legendary USA Olympians that have won at the Summer Games," Walz said. "We are so proud of you, Suni. Way to bring home the gold!" 

"Congratulations to Team USA's Suni Lee, the first Hmong-American Olympian, on bringing home the gold medal. Minnesota is so proud of you," Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan added. "That roar you hear coming from Minnesota is all of the love and excitement we're sending to you in Tokyo! The story of your victory will be told to generations of Minnesotans as you exemplify the very best of who we are."

St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter also declared Friday as Sunisa Lee Day in the city.

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