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STUTTGART, Germany — Competing at a is nerve-wracking, especially for the first time, and Sunisa Lee has had no shortage of people giving her encouragement.

Her teammates. The U.S. coaches. National team director Tom Forster.

The biggest boost, though, came from someone thousands of miles away.

“(My Dad) FaceTimed me before the meet, and he was giving me a pep talk. He was super excited,” Lee said Saturday night, after she finished second only to Simone Biles in qualifying at the world gymnastics championships.

“He’s doing a lot better,” she added. “He should also be going home maybe next week.”

Balance is as

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