Olympic gold medalist Sunisa Lee returned from Tokyo. It Is one of the best gymnasts in the world. She revealed to Pop Sugar in a recent interview. Lee said in the interview she and friends were waiting for an Uber ride when a car drove by with its occupants shouting slurs and that she was pepper sprayed on her arm as the car speed away.
I was so mad but there was nothing I could do or control because they skirted off, who is of Hmong descent. I didn’t do anything to them and having the reputation. It’s so hard because I didn’t want to do anything that could get me into trouble.
I just let it happen. Lee won women’s all-around gymnastics gold at the Tokyo Games this year succeeding defending champion Simone Biles after she withdrew. The 18 year old who also won team silver and individual bronze on uneven bars the Tokyo Games.
The United States experienced a surge in anti Asian violence in 2020 according to FBI statistics with activists attributing that to the rhetoric of former president Donald Trump who characterized Covid-19 as the China virus.
In April, US karate Olympian Sakura Kokumai, a Japanese American described being targeted as she trained in a Southern California park by a man who hurled racist epithets. US Olympic snowboard champion Chloe Kim said in April that she receives racist abuse via social media on a daily basis.