Gymnast Suni Lee responded to the overwhelming love and support her fans have sent her with a short video message on Facebook.
The heartwarming message: Lee's Hmong parents started the video by thanking their daughter's supporters in their language before speaking in English.
Lee then went on to share her message: “Hi, everyone. Thank you so much for your messages. I’m so sorry I can’t respond to all of them, but I’m so thankful for all your support.”
The video was uploaded days before her loved ones gave her a send-off party for the Tokyo Olympics, according to Fox9.
Lee’s intensive training schedule and pandemic risk considerations reportedly prevented her from attending the celebration.
Since visitors to Japan are restricted, Lee’s family will not be able to join her on the trip.
Making history: Lee became the first Hmong American to ever make the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team, placing second after Simone Biles in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials on June 27, NextShark previously reported.
The 18-year-old gymnast secured one of two guaranteed spots after receiving an all-around score of 115.832 during the two-day event, according to Star Tribune.
While Biles won the top spot with an overall score of 118.098, Lee’s overall score of 58.166 from the final night beat Biles' 57.533.
This marked the first time anyone "had bested Biles in any phase of an all-around meet since 2013," reported USA Today.
In an Instagram post, Lee expressed her excitement to represent the U.S. in the upcoming Games: "Unreal. I am so extremely honored and blessed to get the opportunity to represent Team USA at the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo. This is a dream come true, but this is only the beginning."
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