Entertainment Sports Suni Lee Celebrates Being Named to 2021 'TIME100' List: 'No Way!' Gold medalist Suni Lee made history at the Tokyo Games as the first-ever Hmong American Olympic gymnast By Vanessa Etienne Vanessa Etienne Twitter Vanessa Etienne is an Emerging Content Writer-Reporter for PEOPLE. Prior to joining in April 2021, she served as a reporter for Men's Health Magazine and BET Digital after freelancing for publications such as The New York Times and Everyday Health. Originally from northern Virginia, Vanessa is a proud Haitian American with a love for R&B music and mental health topics. She graduated from North Carolina State University with a bachelor's in Communication and Public Relations before earning her master's degree in Journalism from the City University of New York. People Editorial Guidelines Published on September 16, 2021 11:46 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Time Twitter Suni Lee is jumping for joy after being named one of TIME magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World. On Wednesday, after TIME released the full roster of honorees — which includes the 18-year-old Olympic gymnast alongside Billie Eilish, Naomi Osaka, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and more — the outlet shared a video of Lee reacting to the happy news. "No way!" Lee says in the clip, leaping into the air, after her sister reveals the honor. Lee, the first-ever Hmong American Olympic gymnast, won three medals during the Tokyo Games: a gold in the individual all-around; silver with Simone Biles, Jordan Chiles and Grace McCallum during the team final; and bronze in the uneven bars. Suni Lee. Jamie Squire/Getty Sunisa Lee, First Hmong American Olympic Gymnast, Talks Achieving Her Dream and Being an Inspiration She was selected for the annual list thanks to her Olympic performance that "cements her legacy" and "signifies representation." "This milestone has and continues to inspire the Hmong community," fellow Olympic champion Nastia Liukin wrote for TIME. "But it also sends a simple yet powerful message to underrepresented people everywhere: Dream big because anything is possible." Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. Lee has been open about her experience representing the Hmong community. She told PEOPLE in June that her history-making accomplishment "means a lot to the Hmong community ... and to just be an inspiration to other Hmong people [means] a lot to me too." Though it's been over a month since she returned home from the Tokyo Games, the elite gymnast has still been pretty busy post-Olympics. Along with heading off to Auburn University for her freshman year of college, last month, Lee was confirmed as a contestant on the upcoming 30th season of Dancing with the Stars, kicking off Sept. 20 on ABC.