New Jersey Boricua, Lauren Hernández, has earned a spot on the 2016 U.S. Olympic Gymnastics team. The 16-year old will be the youngest athlete on the gymnastics team of five who will be traveling to Rio for the Olympics next month.
So proud of everyone who competed❤️ I can finally say I’m representing USA at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics. 🇺🇸🇧🇷 pic.twitter.com/ehW7EvQZlA
— Laurie Hernandez ➶ (@lzhernandez02) July 11, 2016
Check out 5 things you should know about this rising Olympic star!
1) Nickname… She goes by the nickname Laurie because her gym had other Laurens. Another nickname is Lolo.
2) Education & Career… She has been homeschooled since she was in the third grade so she could focus on gymnastics. After high school, she plans to continue her studies and gymnastics career as an NCAA student-athlete at the University of Florida.
3) Love for Gymnastics… At 5 years old, Laurie’s parents originally placed her in dance and ballet classes, but she knew right away that she was not interested. It took sugar cookies from her parents to inspire her to go to class.
“My earliest memory was watching gymnastics on live TV, and wanting to do what the ‘big girls’ did…I started a gymnastics class at five years old, but it became serious at seven.” – Laurie Hernández
4) After Gymnastics… Hollywood, watch out! Laurie says her desire is to keep performing—but it will be as an actress.
5) On being a Latina gymnast… Leading up to Laurie earning a spot on the 2016 U.S. Olympic Gymnastics team she stated:
“Si Dios lo quiere (If it’s God’s will), to represent the US as the only Latina gymnast would be such an honor…I feel I could be a role model to other Hispanic gymnasts interested in the sport but I also want them to understand the importance of being focused, determined, and not giving up, despite all the struggles.” – Laurie Hernández
Watch her Floor Exercise routine during the Olympic Gymnastics Trials I.
— U.S. Olympic Team (@TeamUSA) July 9, 2016
Congratulations Laurie! We are so proud of you.
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