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Olympic all-around champion Suni Lee said her upcoming sophomore season at Auburn would be her last and she would return to elite gymnastics after this winter as part of a bid for the 2024 Paris Games.

“I am so excited to share that after this season I will return to elite gymnastics,” she said in a video posted Tuesday. “I have my sights set on Paris in 2024, and I know what I have to do to get there. I can’t wait to roll up my sleeves and get to work.

Lee, 19, has not competed in elite international gymnastics since the Tokyo Games. She competed last winter and spring for Auburn in the NCAA, which has a different scoring system than the Olympics and generally requires different routines.

She took second place in the April NCAA Championships behind Trinity Thomas from Florida. She also won the balance beam title and helped Auburn finish fourth on the team, the best program in history.

Lee then signaled a return to the top flight in July by attending his first U.S. national team camp since the Tokyo Games.

Without Lee (and without the Olympic all-around champion from Rio Simone Biles), the US women’s gymnastics team won the world title two weeks ago. Shilese Jones won the all-around silver at the world championships, where Lee’s Tokyo Olympic teammates Jade Carey and Jordan Chiles each won three medals.

The next NCAA season runs from January to April. Lee did not say if she plans to return to elite competition for the 2023 summer season, or if it will be in 2024 before the Paris Games.

Most Olympic medal-winning gymnasts who took breaks from the elite returned before the Olympic year. Biles returned from a two-year break from competition in 2018. Gaby Douglas and Aly Raisman took time off after the 2012 London Games and returned to competition in March 2015.

Biles hasn’t competed since Tokyo and isn’t ruling out a return before Paris 2024 either.

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