By Kristin Vake

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Minnesota's Governor proclaimed Friday, July 30, 2021, Suni Lee Day in honor of the Minnesota gymnast who won gold at the Olympics. In Washington, Minnesota's senators followed suit.

On the floor of the U.S. Senate, Friday, Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith congratulated Lee who won the gold medal in the Women’s All-Around Gymnastics competition.

Lee is a St. Paul native. She is also the first Hmong American to make the U.S. Olympic Team and the first to win a gold medal.

"With the pressure of the world upon her, Suni Lee, who never thought she'd be leading that team, who never thought that this honor would be hers, gave the performance of her life," said Sen. Klobuchar.

Sen. Tina Smith went on to thank Lee for her courage, dedication, and inspiration.