MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Following her beautiful efficiency on the Tokyo Olympics, Minnesota native Suni Lee has been named one in all TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people.
The 18-year-old from St. Paul received the gold medal within the all-around competitors, catapulting her to athletic stardom. TIME famous that Lee is the primary Hmong American olympian and stated that her efficiency not solely highlighted her unbelievable expertise however signified illustration.
“This milestone has and continues to encourage the Hmong neighborhood,” fellow champion gymnast Nastia Liukin wrote for the journal, “nevertheless it additionally sends a easy but highly effective message to underrepresented folks in every single place: Dream massive as a result of something is feasible.”
One other influential individual listed by the journal has a Minnesota connection: Legal professional Benjamin Crump, who represents the households of George Floyd and Daunte Wright. Writing for the journal, activist Gwen Carr says Crump has all the time been attentive to defending households whose family members have been killed by police.
“His efforts made attainable a responsible verdict that he described as a ‘turning level in historical past,’” Carr wrote.
Others who made probably the most influential folks record embody pop singer Billie Eilish, Apple CEO Tim Cook dinner, and filmmaker Chloé Zhao.