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Olympic Gold Medalist Sunisa Lee Suffers Racist Attack in L.A.

HeadlineNov 12, 2021

In Los Angeles, Olympic gymnast and gold medalist Sunisa Lee was pepper-sprayed in an anti-Asian attack. Lee says the attack took place as she and a group of friends, also of Asian descent, were waiting for an Uber, when passengers in another car shouted racist slurs at them and one person pepper-sprayed Lee on the arm. Attacks on Asian Americans skyrocketed since the start of the pandemic, with nearly 5,000 incidents reported in the first half of this year. Eighteen-year-old Lee is the first-ever Hmong American to both participate in the Olympics and win a medal.

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