'Today' Fans Can't Get Over Hoda Kotb's Priceless Reaction to Watching Suni Lee's Olympic Win
Hoda Kotb is forever one of Team U.S.A.'s best cheerleaders
The Today show star couldn't hide her excitement on Thursday when she faced Olympic gymnast Sunisa "Suni" Lee in the all-around singles final. It just so happens that someone recorded Hoda cheering on Suni during her floor routine - and Hoda's reaction, as you can see below, is really amazing.
Between Hoda leaning nervously on the handrail until jumping up and pounding her fist in the air after Suni landed her final stunt, the internet couldn't get enough of the NBC star.
"Let's all take a moment to appreciate her for mothering when the mothers couldn't come," explained a Twitter user, referring to the strict COVID-19 protocols that made it impossible for Olympic family members to attend in person. “Hoda is the cutest! I love your heart, ”said another. "Hoda is a treasure trove of athleticism and support," announced another Today fan.
As the video editor pointed out, Hoda definitely gives off vibes reminiscent of the parents of former Team U.S. gymnast Aly Raisman, who went viral for their downright hilarious reactions while watching their daughter during the 2012 London Games.
On the Today show, giggling Jenna Bush Hager made fun of Hoda's reaction video, which prompted Hoda to explain why she was so excited to watch Suni compete.
"You spend half of your time getting them to perform well," said Hoda. "Not that they need us."
In the end, Suni prevailed with 57,433 and won gold in the all-around competition ahead of the Brazilian Rebeca Andrade in second place and Angelina Melnikova from the Russian Olympic Committee in third place.
Photo credit: Wally Skalij
The win was particularly moving for Suni, who has mastered many hardships in recent years. In 2019, her father, John Lee, was paralyzed from the chest down after falling off a ladder. And just last year, Suni lost her aunt and uncle to COVID-19. She also struggled with a broken foot and an Achilles tendon injury in 2020.
"The past two years have been absolutely crazy about COVID and my family and everything else," Suni told reporters on CNN. "This medal definitely means a lot to me because there came a point when I wanted to quit and I just didn't think I would ever be here, including injuries and all. So there are a lot of emotions, but I'm" I'm up for everyone I'm very proud of myself for sticking to it and believing in myself. "
So do we ... and of course Hoda too!
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