From the floor exercise to the dance floor, Lee continues a tradition of U.S. gymnasts taking part in the television competition.
Another gymnast, Los Angeles 1984 Olympic champion Mary Lou Retton , also appeared on the competition in 2018. Other gymnasts have also previously participated, including Beijing 2008 balance beam champion Shawn Johnson East and that year's all-around champion Nastia Liukin .
Learning from Jordan Chiles
Lee enters the competition having won three medals at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre during Tokyo 2020.
In addition to gold in the all-around, a victory which kept the Olympic title in American hands for the fifth consecutive Games, Lee clinched team silver alongside Biles and also won a bronze medal on uneven bars for the full set.
Competing on Dancing With the Stars "was one of my goals after the Olympics," Lee said, according to USA Today .
"It was a struggle. Jordan was trying to teach me how to dance," Lee said. "She's like, 'You're going on 'Dancing With the Stars? You don't know how to dance!'"
Fresh off her trip from Tokyo 2020, Olympic all-around artistic gymnastics champion Sunisa Lee is now officially enrolled at Auburn University for fall classes. The first Hmong American to medal at an Olympic Games is hoping for a fairly normal college experience, and told us how she intends to spice up her gymnastics routines while competing for the college.
Juggling show with college
The first-year Auburn University college student , who will compete for her university from January, will do online classes for her first semester while she trains and competes on the show, which films in Los Angeles.
Lee has lofty expectations of gymnasts on the show to live up to – Hernandez won her season while Biles was fourth in hers; Johnson East also won the competition in 2009.
"I really want to win this show," she said.
"It's expressing yourself even more when you're dancing, because you've kind of been locked up a little bit in gymnastics."
Her appearance on the show might also prevent her from guest appearing on Biles' Gold Over America post-Olympic Games countrywide tour, although nothing has been confirmed or ruled out.
Biles had previously suggested that Lee might be able to make an appearance at a stop if college allowed her to.