Suni Lee is buying and selling in her leotard for dancing footwear to compete on season 30 of “Dancing With the Stars.”
The gymnast was one of many breakout stars throughout the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. She introduced dwelling three medals, together with gold for girls’s all-around.
But, it was her tight-knit relationship along with her household, particularly her father John, that received hearts. He has been wheelchair-bound since an accident two years in the past left him paralyzed, in response to Today.
Lee is on no account the primary Olympian to look within the dancing competitors. She is following within the footsteps of Shawn Johnson, Simone Biles, Mary Lou Retton, Laurie Hernandez and Nastia Liukin.
Here is what you must know:
Lee Measures 5 Feet Tall
Gymnasts are recognized for being quick in stature and Lee is not any exception. According to TeamUSA.org, she measures in at 5-feet-tall.
And she is going to little question be one of many season’s shortest dancers. In comparability, fellow competitor and former Bachelor Matt James is 6-foot-5.
As Slate reported in 2016, “the common elite feminine gymnast” has shrunk during the last 30 years to about 4-foot-9.
Being quick has its benefits in response to Timothy Ackland, Bruce Elliot and Joanne Richards’ “Growth in physique measurement impacts rotation efficiency in girls’s gymnastics” article. As they wrote within the summary, “The outcomes show that the smaller gymnast, with a excessive energy to mass ratio, has higher potential for performing abilities involving whole-body rotations.”
Bustle regarded into the explanations behind a gymnast’s height. According to research cited by the outlet, gymnasts usually have quick mother and father and are sometimes shorter than their friends at four-year-old.
The publication did reference a 2000 research. As Bustle put it, it “discovered that lively gymnasts had some deficits in leg size and sitting height,” however inside eight years of retirement had progressed to the purpose of getting “no deficit.”
Lee Is 18 Years Old
Not solely is Lee one of many season’s shortest rivals, but additionally one of many youngest. Born on March 9, 2003, in response to TeamUSA.org, she is eighteen years old.
Other younger contestants this season embrace YouTube personalities JoJo Siwa, who can also be 18 years old, and Olivia Jade Giannulli, who is nearly 22 years old.
The Minnesota-native lately headed off to school at Auburn University. She marked the event on Instagram, captioning an August 13 submit on campus, “struggle eagle.”
In an AuburnTigers.com interview, Lee revealed she resides on campus with a gymnast teammate.
“I’m simply excited to be in a classroom with different individuals and get that school expertise that I’ve been on the lookout for,” she instructed the web site. “Everybody right here is so good and welcoming. It looks like dwelling.
Lee continued, “I simply needed to have some enjoyable. Elite gymnastics was so laborious and there is by no means any time to have enjoyable or hang around with your mates. Coming right here, I will be extra free, and I’m simply excited to be a part of a group.”
Season 30 of “Dancing With the Stars” premieres tonight on ABC at 8 p.m. Eastern.