Since Dancing With The Stars returned for its 30th season, Sunisa “Suni” Lee has been stealing the spotlight as one of its celebrity contestants. If her name rings a bell, that’s because this 18-year-old gymnast clinched a gold, a silver and a bronze medal at the recent 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Aside from joining the popular ABC dance competition show, Lee was also named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World alongside athletes like Naomi Osaka. This highly-decorated athlete is truly becoming an inspiration to other young women. But what else do we know about her? Shiloh Jolie-Pitt’s red carpet makeover: from tomboy chic to Angelina’s mini-me She is the first Hmong American Olympian Lee’s stint at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics was definitely one for the books as she was the first-ever Hmong American gymnast to represent the USA in the games. Both her mother Yeev Thoj and step-dad John Lee were children when their refugee families moved from Laos to St. Paul, Minnesota, according to Today. They are Hmong, an ethnic group of people primarily from Southeast Asia and China who fought alongside the US in the Vietnam war. the people i do it all for 😭 I LOVE YOU ALL🤍 https://t.co/ofp9znzQ1j — Sunisa lee (@sunisalee_) July 29, 2021 She is the seventh Olympic gymnast to be a Dancing With The Stars contestant Following in the footsteps of other star gymnasts, Lee told USA Today that joining Dancing With The Stars was one of her goals after the Olympics. The prestigious list of DWTS alums includes her teammates Laurie Hernandez, who snagged the mirrorball trophy for season 23, and Simone Biles , who placed fourth in season 24. So far, Lee has been killing it on the dance floor with her professional partner Sasha Farber. Inside Priyanka Chopra’s glam yet cosy London home She’s a university first-year What’s next for Lee after the Olympics and DWTS ? University! The gymnastics champ is majoring in business marketing at Auburn University in Alabama and will be competing on the school’s gymnastics team. “I’m just excited to be in a classroom with other people and get that college experience that I’ve been looking for,” she told AuburnTigers.com. “Coming here, I can be more free, and I’m just excited to be part of a team.” She is a huge fan of Justin Bieber and Harry Potter Thanks to her tremendous achievements, it’s easy to forget that Lee is still a regular teenager. According to TeamUSA.org , the gymnast’s favourite book series is Harry Potter and her favourite films are Finding Nemo and Just Go With It. Her favourite pop icon? Justin Bieber. During a TV interview with Ellen DeGeneres, Lee shared how she almost met him at the 2021 Met Gala. His wife, Hailey Bieber , offered to introduce them at fashion’s biggest night, but Lee got cold feet! 2001 vs 2021: Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck’s best couple looks She almost quit gymnastics Given how gymnastics has taken Lee to greater heights, it’s hard to imagine that she once considered giving up on her beloved sport. “This medal definitely means a lot to me because there was a point in time where I wanted to quit and I just didn’t think I would ever get here,” Lee revealed to the Olympian press. She was referring to the time when her father suffered a devastating spinal cord injury in 2019, and when she injured her ankle and lost two family members when the Covid-19 pandemic struck. All these low moments left her unsure of her future in gymnastics, but Lee persevered and came out on top. Want more stories like this? Sign up here. Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .