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Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Sunisa Lee's gold medal stirs hopes for Hmong in US

Gymnast's grit in face of hardship resonates with Laotian group's past

Gold medalist Sunisa Lee of the U.S. celebrates her victory in the women's gymnastics all-around event.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Before the Tokyo Olympics began, U.S. women artistic gymnasts were said to have their sights set on a silver medal at best in the individual all-around event. The reason is simple: Superstar Simone Biles' victory was a foregone conclusion.

But when Biles withdrew from the competition over mental health concerns, her teammates sensed the door was open.

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