Sunisa Lee's Parents Wildly Celebrate Gymnastics Gold in Heartwarming Video

U.S. gymnast Sunisa Lee won the Olympic gymnastic all-round gold medal in Tokyo on Thursday, as defendant champion Simone Biles cheered from the sidelines.

However, although the 18-year-old's parents could not also be watching in the stands due to COVID-19 restrictions, their delight was captured on film as they erupted in with joy when news of their daughter's success was announced.

The Olympic champion's mother Yeev Thoj and father John Lee can be seen watching the event in a room packed full of friends and family in St Paul, Minnesota.

When the gymnast's winning score is revealed the whole room cheers, then the couple begin to hug each other with ear-to-ear grins.

Footage of the proud parents watching their daughter become a world champion was shared to Twitter by news anchor Gia Vang along with the caption: "She did it @sunisalee_ is the queen of the women's gymnastics all-around finals and her parents. OMG. Tears every where. #Gold #TokyoOlympics #hmong."

She did it. @sunisalee_ is the queen of the women’s gymnastics all-around finals and her parents. OMG. Tears every where. 🥺 #Gold #TokyoOlympics #hmong

— Gia Vang (@Gia_Vang) July 29, 2021

At the time of writing the clip already had nearly 1 million views and 18,6000 likes.

Lee's parents have good reason to beam with pride as they undoubtedly played a huge part in her success.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported it was her father that fashioned a balance beam out of a mattress for the young star's practise because the family could not afford the apparatus.

Her parents enrolled her in gymnastics classes when she was just six years old, and she would practise in the back yard.

John Lee was paralyzed after falling off a ladder in 2019, and is now in a wheelchair.

However, despite this happening just days before his daughter was set to compete at U.S. National Gymnastics Championships he still encouraged her career.

Speaking to The New York Times in 2020, Lee said of her father's support: "I thought he was going to pass away when he was in the hospital, so I didn't want to go to nationals and compete. But he told me to go, that he really wanted me to go. So I did.

"Now I realize that if he didn't push me like that, I wouldn't be in the spot I am right now with the Olympics so close."

Lee's parents emigrated from from Laos, and she is the first-ever Hmong American Olympic gymnast, let alone gold medal winner.

Speaking ahead of the competition the athlete explained: "I hope I can inspire people. Being the first Hmong-American to make the Olympics is a really big deal. I'm so excited to represent the Hmong community.''

Sunisa's victory comes after Biles, 24, dropped out of the competition citing mental health reasons.

Showing her support of her teammates victory, Biles then shared an post to her Instagram stories by Team USA which featured pictures of Lee along with the caption: "OLYMPIC ALL-AROUND CHAMPION SUNISA LEE. #TokyoOlympics."

Sunisa Lee wins Gymnastics gold at Olympics
Sunisa Lee won gold in the women's gymnastics all-around final. Getty Images