Suni Lee revealed on Monday in a Twitter post that an issue with her kidneys was the "non-gymnastics related health issue" that kept her out for the final four meets of Auburn's season.
"I have been dealing with a non-gymnastics health related issue involving my kidneys. For my safety, the medical team did not clear me to train and compete over the last few weeks," Lee said in the statement. "My focus at this time is on my health and recovery."
Lee's career was cut short due to the health issue, and her final performance in the orange-and-blue came against the Georgia Bulldogs on February 24. Lee scored a pair of 9.95s in her final meet with the Tigers, winning the all-around title at the meet.
The Olympic champion and NCAA Gymnastics national champion said she was now focused on the 2024 Olympics in Paris and being a part of the U.S. Women's Gymnastics team.
"It's been challenging to end my Auburn career early, but I am thankful for all the love and support," Lee said. "I will not stop pursuing my dreams for a bid to Paris in 2024. In fact, the experience has sharpened my vision for the future."
Lee is already one of the most decorated gymnasts in Auburn history, as one of just three SEC champions in program history and the second national champion. Her freshman season was the best in program history, with eight All-America honors, the conference title, the national championship and being named SEC Freshman of the Year. She was a WCGA All-American in two events this past season, bars and floor, giving her the most All-American honors in program history with 10.
"I am so proud of my team and the way they showed determination and resilience this season. Auburn, thank you for the best 2 years of my life and for giving me the opportunity to make history alongside this amazing group. I am forever grateful for this community," Lee said. "War Eagle forever."
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