Family and friends leapt to their feet, Thursday, as they watched Minnesota’s Sunisa Lee claim the coveted all-around gold medal in the Tokyo Olympics gymnastics competition.The 18-year-old’s history-making moment arrived sooner than was widely expected after her teammate Simone Biles - winner of every all-around competition she entered since 2013 - dropped out of the event this week to focus on her mental health.After a solid floor exercise in the final rotation, Lee received a total score of 57.433… clinching gold.She told reporters (quote) "Coming into this competition I didn’t even think that I could be competing for a gold medal… I was coming to compete for a silver medal… I knew that I just had to stay focused. I wasn’t trying to worry about the scores at all.”But back in Oakdale, Minnesota, Lee’s mom Yeev Thoj said she believed it was her daughter’s time to shine:"In my heart I say ‘Sunisa Lee is next in line.’ In my heart I told myself that. I hold back on that… that’s my thinking, my thought.”Even so, Lee’s parents said the Olympic moment felt surreal: “I tell you - I’m happy, I’m proud, but there is no words to describe how we feel right now.”I’m still in shock."And her Dad, John Lee, had a message for his daughter: “All that hard work, all that broken bones, all that time you missed, vacationing with us - it paid off. And you did amazing and we're proud of you.” As the marks flashed on the scoreboard, U.S. gymnasts in the Olympic stands leapt and cheered - just like Lee’s fans in Minnesota.