Thomas Russell Middle School eighth grader Eunice Lee continues to cement her legacy among the nation’s best jump rope competitors as she earned one gold medal and three silver medals at this summer’s 2023 U.S. National Jump Rope Championship in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Lee achieved gold for the 3-Minute Single Rope Speed Endurance, where she went on to a second-place finish with a juniors-best score of 455 at the Grand Nationals, and silvers for 30-Second Single Rope Speed Sprint, Single Rope Individual Freestyle, and Single Rope Pairs Freestyle.
“It was very exciting and nerve-racking at the same time to see many talented and hard working jumpers all competing for gold,” Lee shared. “Every time another jumper performed or did their event and it was getting closer and closer to my turn, I would feel my nervousness kick in and I just kept reminding myself to not focus on anything or anyone else but me.”
Lee is currently a 4-time U.S. National Jump Rope Champion for 3-Minute Speed (2021, 2022, and 2023) and Single Rope Individual Freestyle (2022). She placed second at the Grand Nationals for 3-Minute Speed twice (2022 and 2023).
“Without my parents, I couldn’t have made it this far. I really think that all my hard work and long hours have paid off,” Lee said. “They have been supporting me all the way from the beginning of my jump rope journey and I could never thank them enough for all the praying, encouragement, attention, time, cheerleading, coaching, and most of all, all the love they gave me.”
A Milpitas native who formed the Milpitas Jump Rope, Lee proudly represents her hometown and credits the Milpitas Elementary Olympics for kick-starting her jump rope accomplishments.
“Whenever they ask me how I started to jump rope, I always tell them about the Milpitas Elementary Olympics and how I found my talent there,” Lee said. “I hope that the population of jump ropers will continue to grow in Milpitas and in the Bay Area.”
Watch video clips of Lee competing in this year's National Championship:
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