St. Paul teen trying to become first Hmong American to make US Olympic Women's Gymnastics Team

Updated: August 13, 2019 06:36 PM

Two Minnesotans are celebrating after returning home from the U.S. Gymnastics Championship over the weekend.

Sixteen-year-old Sunisa Lee, of St. Paul, took second place and Grace McCallum, also 16, of Isanti, finished third after a huge comeback.


Lee is believed to be the first Hmong-American gymnast to make the national team and next year could become the first to make the Olympic team.

2 Minnesotans take 2nd, 3rd place at US gymnastics championships

"That would mean everything to me just because I've been traning for it my whole life and I just want to do it for the Hmong community and my family and my coaches because they've given everything for me," Lee said.

"She should be a role model," Lee's coach, Jess Graba, said. "She's a great kid. She's awesome. I think it's great. We've noticed people interested from the Hmong community and more people coming in."

Lee will learn next summer if she made the Olympic team.

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