Lee was not able to execute her performance flawlessly, she wobbled a bit, but she maintained her balance on the beam throughout. Had she did not have that slip up she probably could have won another medal at the event and the medal count would have gone up to four, but unfortunately, she made mistakes.
She earned a total score of 13.866. The judges gave her a difficulty score of 6.400 and 7.466 on her execution.
Lee had qualified for the balance beam event last week with the third-best score of 14.200 and she had expected to display an even better performance but unfortunately, it did not happen. But despite her slip up, the 18-year-old remained cheerful as she shared a gif of her about to fall off the beam on Twitter with the caption:
“How did I save this.”
how did i save this 😭 https://t.co/FIVF94Thoh
— Sunisa lee (@sunisalee_) August 3, 2021
Lee had participated in four events at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics where she won a gold in the individual all-around category, a silver in the team all-around event, and a bronze in the uneven bars category. Had she managed to win another medal at the event, she would have joined the likes of Simone Biles, Nastia Liukin, and Mary Lou Retton, all having won four Olympic medals.
Lee’s family has been a constant support for her throughout her campaign. The family had stayed back in Minnesota, Lee’s hometown but had followed her journey at the marquee event from the start to the end.
Simon Biles, American favourite gymnastic, finished bronze after having withdrawn from all the events a week earlier to take care of her mental health and deal with the “twisties”.