Suni Lee recounts being pepper-sprayed in a recent anti-Asian attack: ‘I was so mad, but there was nothing I could do or control'

When Suni Lee, 18, delivered several breathtaking performances at the gymnastics individual all-around final at the Tokyo Olympics in July, it didn’t take long for the world to fall in love with her. The first Hmong American to ever participate in an Olympic Games, her gold medal-winning attitude was contagious and continues to inspire a generation of young girls. Still, even a gold medalist isn't immune to the gross realities of anti-Asian hate crimes, most of which have been fueled by COVID-19 misinformation.

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