Olympic gold medalist Suni Lee mentioned she was not too long ago pepper sprayed in an anti-Asian assault.
Lee advised Pop Sugar that she was out along with her mates and ready for an Uber, when a automotive drove by yelling slurs comparable to “ching chong” and telling them to “return to the place they got here from.”
She additionally mentioned that she was additionally pepper-sprayed on her arm because the automotive sped off.
“I used to be so mad, however there was nothing I might do or management as a result of they skirted off,” she mentioned. “I did not do something to them, and having the status, it is so laborious as a result of I did not wish to do something that would get me into hassle. I simply let it occur.”
In April, U.S. karate olympian Sakura Kokumai, was coaching at a Southern California park when a person began yelling at her about being Chinese language as he drove away. Kokumai is Japanese American.
The person was later arrested for making threats.
The 18-year-old Lee, who additionally gained a sliver medal within the inventive workforce all-around and a bronze within the uneven bars on the Tokyo Olympics, is at present on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” and is dedicated to competing in gymnastics at Auburn College.
“I misplaced my entire childhood to gymnastics,” she mentioned. “Since I sacrificed all of that, I needed to have the faculty expertise and get what I could not have [in high school] . . . I needed to be handled regular.”