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Laurie Hernandez is taking gymnastics by the bar, finishing second at the Olympic trials, ahead of Olympic gold medalists Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas.

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Her pre-performance ritual has obviously been effective. She puts her hand on her stomach, breathes in and out, and prays. She learned this in training to calm her nerves before competing. She is now an overnight sensation, and the first Latina gymnast to represent The United States in women’s gymnastic since Annia Hatch in 2004. You need to see her compete to fully understand her talent.

 

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 Hernandez just celebrated her 16th birthday on June 9th. What a wonderful way to celebrate! We look forward to seeing more from Hernandez and the rest of the women from the U.S. Olympic team in Rio.

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