Olympian Suni Lee Skipping World Championships Selection Camp as She Deals with Kidney Condition

Lee is dealing with 'a balancing act' as her doctors try to figure out the best medication levels that allow her to continue to train

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Olympic all-around champion Suni Lee will not participate in a selection camp for the world championship team, according to USA Gymnastics.

“Suni was invited to camp but has opted not to participate,” USA Gymnastics wrote in a Facebook post Tuesday alongside an announcement of the 19 gymnasts — including Simone Biles, Jade Carey and Jordan Chiles — who were selected for the camp near Houston next week.

The 20-year-old gymnast has been dealing with kidney issues which limited her participation at the national championships last month to only the balance beam and vault, USA Today reported.

Lee’s coach, Jess Graba, told the outlet that the former Auburn University gymnast had initially planned to participate at the camp, but that she's dealing with issues related to the medication she is taking for her condition.

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"She's training pretty good when we can train," Graba said. "It's more of a balancing act. They're still monkeying with the medication to try to get it so she reacts the same way each day. As they're adjusting the medication, then some days aren't very good so we have to adjust our training and sometimes we don't train that day."

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According to NBC Sports, Lee has been diagnosed with two types of kidney conditions.

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In April, the Minnesota native announced that she was ending her college career at Auburn early due to the medical issue.

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The Team USA gymnast later shared a health update on X (formerly known as Twitter) and Instagramexplaining that she has been suffering a "non-gymnastics related issue involving my kidneys."

At the time, the first-ever Hmong-American Olympic gold medalist said Auburn's medical team had not cleared her to train for her own safety.

"I am blessed and thankful to be working with the best specialized medical team to treat and manage my diagnosis. My focus at this time is my health and recovery," the athlete said.

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