Laurie Hernandez, The Youngest of the U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Team
One of the best parts of the Olympics is the gymnastics portion. Both men and women’s gymnastics feature amazing strength and real-life action heroes are born every 4 years when young girls and boys see what these athletes are able to do on the beam. This year the U.S. women’s gymnastics has a Latina and her name is Laurie (Lauren) Hernández.
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At just 16 years old, she’s the youngest member of the team, she’s from New Brunswick, New Jersey and Puerto Rican. “My earliest memory was watching gymnastics on live TV, and wanting to do what the ‘big girls’ did,” said Hernandez. Initially she took ballet classes, but she didn’t like ballet, despite the fact that her parents bribed her with cookies so she would continue to go. She insisted that she wanted to be a gymnast and at age 5 she began doing gymnastics.