Olympic gymnast Suni Lee, 18, shared some special ink on her arm to her followers on her Instagram story earlier today.
A forever reminder: The athlete could be seen sitting in a tattoo parlor proudly showing off Olympic rings tattooed in black ink on her right forearm alongside her caption “did a thingggg.”
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.
Life after the Games: Although the Olympics have ended, gymnastics isn’t over for Lee.
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.
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