You wouldn't think that one of America's best and newest gymnast can feel anything less than invincible. But Suni Lee is feeling the effects of fame. Suni Lee is an American artistic gymnast. She is the 2020 all around Olympics champion and she won the bronze medal in uneven bars.
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She has been plagued by anxiety attacks since her win of her Olympic Gold last year. She also explains that she's been having imposter syndrome. Imposter syndrome is when someone doubts their skills or abilities and has a persistent fear of being found out as a fraud. You begin to psych yourself out and even if you are overqualified to do what you want to do, you question it.
Suni has also expressed that adjusting to college gymnastics has been tough. Suni now goes to Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. She even provided a win for her team at Auburn, scoring a perfect 10. Check out this joyful moment below
I couldn't imagine to pressure of being an Olympian and collegiate athlete. Even though she looks like the epitome of confidence, she still has her doubts now again. She told her college coach she couldn't do it anymore and she questioned her win in Tokyo.
"I’m just letting my mind heal and my body heal still, because my life did change overnight and I definitely didn’t expect it,” she told HuffPost. “So when everything started coming at me, I put a lot of pressure on myself toward the end of the season. Now I’m going in with a fresh mindset. Because when I just go out and do what I normally do, I am unstoppable.”
That's all you can do really. Recognized where there issue is coming from and acknowledge it and give yourself love and compassion for it. She deals with her fame by telling herself positive affirmations. With constantly giving herself the confidence she needs, she will feel better whether she wins or loses.
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