The daughter of Anthony and Wanda Hernandez, Laurie Hernandez has a brother, Marcus, and sister, Jelysa. She began gymnastics in 2005 and considers the floor exercise to be her favorite event.
In 2016, Hernandez was the only first-year senior-level gymnast to be selected to the U.S. Olympic Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Team. That year, she also became the first U.S.-born Hispanic to compete in gymnastics at the Olympic Games in more than 30 years when she participated in the Olympic Games Rio 2016, her first major international meet.
At 16 years old, Hernandez became the youngest celebrity to win “Dancing With the Stars” and she later co-hosted “American Ninja Warrior Junior.”
Outside of competition, Hernandez has authored two books including 2017 New York Times best-seller,“I Got This: To Gold and Beyond” and “She’s Got This,” released in 2018.
In June 2019, Hernandez was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame. Her hobbies include drawing and writing poetry.
Hometown: Old Bridge, N.J.
Currently Resides: Costa Mesa, Calif.
Birthdate: June 9, 2000
Toyota Vehicle: Toyota Camry
Olympic History: 2016
- Olympic Games Rio 2016, gold (team), silver (beam)
- 2016 U.S. National Championships, bronze (all-around, uneven bars, balance beam & floor exercise-tied)
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