Bruin fans can breathe a sigh of relief as Christine Peng-Peng Lee announced that she was granted another year of eligibility by the NCAA yesterday. As a result, she will have one more year to help bring a national championship back to UCLA.
Peng-Peng Lee missed out on her 2013 and 2014 seasons due to multiple knee injuries. She tore her ACL in May of 2012 right before the London Olympics, but still traveled with the Canadian gymnastics team to act as their honorary captain. Then, after spending 2013 rehabbing her knee, Peng-Peng discovered she would have to undergo another surgery. Finally, after being sidelined for two seasons, Peng-Peng Lee made her debut in the 2015 season and has played an important role in the success of the Bruins.
While 2015 and 2016 were solid years for her, Peng-Peng had her best season yet in 2017. Back in February, during a meet against Stanford, Peng-Peng scored her first perfect 10 on the bars. During the NCAA Super Six a few weeks ago, she again scored a perfect score, but this time on beam. On top of the two perfects scores, she was also named 2017 West Region Gymnast of the Year, the 2017 Pac-12 Specialist of the Year, and has been named an All-American six times.
While UCLA would have still done well next season without her, it’s very nice to have her coming back for one more year. She adds extra power needed on both bars and beam.
UCLA’s official site quotes Lee:
Words cannot describe how ecstatic I am to have been given the opportunity to compete another season. I am so thankful that I get to create more memories and bonds with my amazing team and share this last year with the Bruin family.
She also announced the news on her Instagram account: