Ever since the 2020 Tokyo Olympics kicked off in Japan last month, we've been treated to some of the best moments sports has to offer. From historic moments like the breaking of world records to the simplest of joys like watching people come together after spending months apart, the Olympics has lived up to the hype.
But now, just over a week after the event concluded, the athletes are leaving behind their sporting careers and returning to their normal lives including Olympic gold medalist, Sunisa Lee.
After securing herself at the top of the podium in Tokyo, the eighteen-year-old Team USA gymnast is officially starting her freshman year at Auburn University studying Business Education. Posting to Twitter, she showed her fans a photograph of herself kitted out in Eagles merch stood outside of the Samford Hall building posing, alongside the caption: "Happy to be here."
Her fans congratulated her in the comments, for both her Olympic win and her new journey in further education.
"Welcome to Auburn! I hope you have a wonderful college experience, and grow to love it like so many of us also do. War Eagle!" wrote one person.
"We are so proud you are part of the Auburn family, we were proud of you before the Olympics! You [are] an Auburn girl inside," added another.
A third said: "So happy you brought your intellect, skills, and talent to Auburn! You will never regret this decision and you will always be a member of the Auburn family! We are a strong bunch!"
"Suni" Lee discussed the decision to go to University after her historic wins at the all-around women's gymnastics at the Tokyo Olympics.
"Nobody intended for me to win the all-around gold. I didn't intend for that to happen," Lee said on Friday. "So it was kind of like I already had my mindset on going to Auburn right away. So that was kind of the reason I came here because I knew I wanted to be here."
She also told AuburnTigers.com that she was "taking advantage" of a new rule that states that NCAA student-athletes are now able to make money off of their school's use of their name and image.
"I have to take advantage of this opportunity... Nobody has done it before. I want to help be the face of that and help other people in the future know that they can do college and still make money. I feel like it's a win-win situation."
The Olympian has also expressed her love for the other students that have been so welcoming.
"It's amazing how everyone here has been so supportive and so welcoming about me coming here," Lee told the publication. "I know it's crazy to have an Olympic gold medalist come but I'm excited because I feel like everybody here is so nice and the atmosphere is way different than I thought it would be."
We wish Sunisa Lee all the luck in the world as she embarks on this new chapter in her life.