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Laurie Hernandez

New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States

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• Enrolled in ballet classes before her parents switched her to gymnastics at the age of  5.

• Originally went by her birth name Lauren, but changed it to Laurie because too many girls in her gymnastics class were named Lauren.

• Finished second in the junior all-around competition at the 2013 P&G Gymnastics Championships and won the event in 2015.

• Injuries, including a tear of the patellar ligament in her right knee, caused her to sit out competition for all of 2014.

• Began her senior career in March of 2016 at the City of Jesolo Trophy competition in Italy, winning a gold medal in balance beam, silver in vault and bronze in the all-around.

• Won the balance beam event at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials and placed second in the all-around.

• Named to Team USA for the 2016 Olympics in Rio and is the youngest member of the five-woman squad.

• Won a gold medal as part of the women's team and an individual silver on balance beam at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

• Became the youngest winner of Dancing with the Stars when she took home the trophy in season 23, with pro Valentin Chmerkovskiy.