18-year-old gymnast Sunisa Lee is one of the athletes competing for the US in the Olympics. Despite the intense spotlight of the Games, her parents are confident she can handle the pressure, especially since she has persevered through a big family tragedy at home.
In 2019, Lee's father John suffered an accident that left him paralyzed, and he says that put her under a lot of stress.
"Sunisa's been competing under pressure all the way, I think, ever since I got injured in 2019 up to now, up to the point where she made the Olympics," he said.
Lee admitted that the team panicked when Simone Biles dropped out of the women's all-around team final. But the US went on to win the silver.
"She handled it pretty well, you know, up until now. Going forward, she'll be OK," Lee's father said.
The Minnesota native did acknowledge the pressure she was under in conversation with her parents, her father said.
"She said there's a lot of pressure on her. But I told her that, you know, she went through a lot, she's experienced pressure all the time," he said, "I think she worries, but I think she can do OK."
Lee's parents also expressed their concern for Biles, and said that while the news of her withdrawal is shocking, they hope she is OK and gets the help she needs. They also wished Biles' replacement, Jade Carey, the best.