Laurie Hernandez: Facts About First US-born Latina In Team USA Rio Olympics 2016
Sixteen-year-old Laurie Hernandez from Team USA, who will be competing in this year’s Rio Olympics for gymnastics, has already made her own mark in the sport.Advertisement
The ‘Fierce Five’
Laurie has proven enough for herself to become more than qualified to be part of the so-called Fierce Five. Along with Laurie, the five-woman team fighting under USA woman gymnastics team are the famed Simone Biles and Aly Raisman, who qualified for the finals on Tuesday.
Although Hernandez fell short in her performance during the maiden qualifying round on Sunday, where she failed to advance to the finals, she did a great job in her performances, My Central Jersey reported.
Hernandez made history for the Latino community when she became the first U.S.-born Latina to compete in the sports’ history. Her road to the Rio Olympics was not a smooth one, as she had to sacrifice many aspects of her life, especially things a typical teenager has to experience.
Dream Come True
Hernandez is the youngest member of the five-woman team, expected to clinch gold this Tuesday. Aside from bringing honor to the country, Hernandez recalled that making it to Rio Olympics was her ultimate dream.
“As soon as I started dancing, I felt confident and was excited to be out there. Floor is probably my favorite event to get started on, so it was amazing we got to start with it here at the Olympics. I always used to dream of going to the Olympics but with the performance I did today, I think my younger self would have been proud of me,” Hernandez was quoted as saying by My Central Jersey.