Suni Lee made her Dancing with the Stars debut this week and didn’t disappoint. The 18-year-old gymnast and her pro dancing partner Sasha Farber danced the Jive to “STAY” by The Kid LAROI & Justin Beiber on the season premiere of DWTS, and while some fans noticed that she seemed nervous, they were impressed with the performance.
Lee spoke about her nervousness on the dancefloor after the routine. “Competing at the Olympics is probably the most nerve-wracking thing I’ve ever gone through,” Lee told AL.com. “But coming to ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ I’m freaking out. … I’m so nervous. I don’t know how to dance. People always assume that I would be a really good dancer, because of gymnastics, but it’s like completely different.”
Lee and Farber received a score 28 out of 40 by the judges. They now share the second-highest score of night with Alan Bersten, Amanda Kloots, and Alan Bersten. “You are incredible,” Lee was congratulated by Carrie Ann Inaba, DWTS judge. “I mean, the skills you have. You are a perfect match for ballroom dancing and Latin dancing. But what I have to tell you is: You have to not prepare, like how you do for a tumbling pass. I see it. You go inward; you’ve got to stay outward.”
Lee has had quite an amazing year. Lee competed in Dancing with the Stars. She also performed at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. She was awarded three Olympic medals, including the gold in all-around. Hmong-American Olympian, as her mother is originally from Laos. Lee also won three medals at the 2019 World Championships.
“This has been our dream forever,” Lee also stated that she would like her father to be there for the Olympics in July on TODAY. “I wish he was here. He always told me if I win the gold medal he would come out on the ground and do a backflip. It’s sad that he can’t be here, but this is our dream, and this is our medal. We both worked for this. He sacrificed everything to put me in gymnastics. Both my parents really have. This is my family’s medal, my medal. My coach’s medal. He doesn’t get a medal, so I’m dedicating it to all of them.”