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Suni Lee may not have won a medal in her final event of the Tokyo Olympics, but she was all smiles as the final gymnast completed her routine.
Turns out, the 18-year-old American breakout star was a fan of China’s Guan Chenchen.
After powering through her own routine in Tuesday’s balance beam final, Lee was an active observer as her opponent Guan pieced together a near-flawless routine on the apparatus.
Videos show the individual all-around champion jumping up and down, clapping, and cheering as Guan flipped and finessed her way to a gold medal.
At certain points, Lee could even be heard encouraging the 16-year-old with shouts of “Come on!” in the backkground.
Moments after the event, Lee took to Twitter to respond to a video showcasing her support for Guan. She added “i love her sm” for her own followers to see.
i love her sm https://t.co/Ly5HW3xfy5
— Sunisa lee (@sunisalee_) August 3, 2021
With the end of Tuesday’s balance beam final, the artistic gymnastics events at the Tokyo Olympics have officially come to a close.