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Suni Lee returns to U.S. gymnastics national team camp

Suni Lee

TOKYO, JAPAN - JULY 29: Sunisa Lee of Team United States reacts after competing on uneven bars during the Women’s All-Around Final on day six of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics Centre on July 29, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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Olympic all-around champion Suni Lee has been participating in a USA Gymnastics national team camp this week, her first national team activity since the Tokyo Games.

Lee, who competed collegiately for Auburn from January to April, is not expected to compete at elite meets this summer, such as the national championships in August.

“As of now, she is having fun training skills and getting back into the gym,” one of her representatives said in an email Tuesday.

Lee has said she plans to return to elite gymnastics competition at some point ahead of the 2024 Paris Games.

Lee, who is going into her sophomore year at Auburn, is on the camp list along with Olympic teammate Jade Carey, who also began her college career last season (for Oregon State).

Other notable attendees include 2021 World Championships all-around bronze medalist Kayla DiCello, plus Konnor McClain and Skye Blakely, who went one-two at February’s Winter Cup. The four-day camp is in Katy, Texas.

Often, gymnasts who attend a summer national team camp do so with intentions of competing at the U.S. Classic, the main tune-up meet before nationals, and also the national championships, hoping to earn a place on the world championships team.

The U.S. Classic is July 30. Nationals are Aug. 18-21. The world championships are in October and November in Liverpool, Great Britain.

None of the previous U.S. women to win an Olympic all-around title -- Mary Lou Retton, Carly Patterson, Nastia Liukin, Gabby Douglas and Simone Biles -- competed at the world championships the year following the Olympics.

Lee’s Olympic teammates Carey and Jordan Chiles have also said they plan to return to elite competition. Grace McCallum, an Olympian who began her college career at Utah last season, said in the early spring that she was undecided.

Simone Biles hasn’t ruled out a run for a third Olympics in 2024, but has not announced any specific comeback plans. MyKayla Skinner is the lone member of the Tokyo Olympic team who has retired.

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