of the United States
gratitude to fans
for her incredible gold medal
win in women
's individual all-around gymnastics
, calling it "a dream come true."
The 18-year-old Hmong American
native shared an Instagram
photo of herself smooching her new bling at the Tokyo Olympics
“OLYMPIC ALL-AROUND CHAMPION,” she wrote in the caption, “So surreal. I can’t thank you all enough for the love and support. thank you to everyone who has believed in me and never gave up on me. this is a dream come true WE DID IT
Sunisa Lee (@sunisalee_) shared a post.
, the winner of the same women's category last year, withdrew from the competition earlier this week to focus on her mental health
, and Lee, Biles' teammate, took the title of highest-qualifying U.S. gymnast for the all-around final.
Lee's gold medal is the fifth in a row that an American has won the all-around Olympic final, following Biles' gold medal in Rio de Janeiro
in 2016, Gabby Douglas' gold medal in London
in 2012, Nastia Liukin's gold medal in Beijing
in 2008, and Carly Patterson's gold medal in Athens, Greece, in 2004.
Biles congratulated Lee on Instagram, posting a video
of an overjoyed Lee with her medal at their hotel and a photo of the two taking a selfie together.
The post read, “OLYMPIC CHAMPION RIGHT HERE!!! So so so beyond proud of you!!!!!”
Lee is the first Hmong American to win an Olympic gold
medal, and many members of the Hmong American and Asian American
communities have taken to social media
to express their gratitude and commemorate her achievement.
“I literally can't stop crying! All the sacrifice a refugee family
had to endure to put you on that podium, and now the world has a chance to know who we are. So proud to be Hmong American today
!” one person tweeted.
“Sunisa Lee, you are a trailblazer,” wrote another admirer, “one for the history books