Laurie Hernandez

Laurie Hernandez is an American artistic gymnast who is widely recognized as the gold medal-winning gymnast in the team event at the 2016 Summer Olympics. Hernandez also has won 2 gold medals at the 2015 National Championships in Indianapolis and 3 at the 2015 U.S. Classic in Chicago. She is also the winner of season 23 of a reality show, “Dancing with the Stars” with partner Val Chmerkovskiy in 2016.

Besides, Hernandez is quite active in social media with her over 1.5 million followers on Instagram: @lauriehernandez. 

What is Laurie Hernandez Famous for?

  • Famous as a member of the US gymnastic team who won a gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics. 

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Where was Laurie Hernandez born?

Laurie Hernandez was born on June 9, 2000, in Old Bridge Township, New Jersey, United States. Her birth name is Laurie Zoe Hernandez. Her nationality is American. Hernandez is of Puerto Rican descent while Gemini is her zodiac sign. 

Laurie is the youngest daughter of Wanda Hernandez(mother) and Anthony Hernandez(father). Her father works as a court officer while her mother works as a social worker and used to work in the Army reserves. She has two siblings: a brother, Marcus, and a sister, Jelysa. She grew up along with her siblings in her hometown where she attended Abeka Academy High School. 

Laurie had an interest in gymnastics since her childhood as she even got enrolled for gymnastics classes at the age of 6, where Maggie Haney was her coach and manager. She used to have 5-6 hours of training every day and also had to follow a strict diet. 

At the age of nine, she attended the USA Gymnastic development camp. In 2018, Hernandez joined the University of Florida and continued her career in gymnastics. 


Laurie Hernandez’s Career Highlights

Early(Junior) Career

  • Laurie Hernandez began her career at an early age of 12, as a gymnast at the U.S. Classic, where she was placed 11th in the junior division. Shortly after her Classic, she qualified to the National Championships in St. Louis, gaining the spot of 21 within 2 days of competition.
  • In 2013, she placed second in the all-around at the WOGA Classic, also, first on floor exercise, second in the all-around behind Ariana Agrapides, and third on balance beam and vault at the American Classic.
  • Hernandez even won the junior all-around at the 2013 Elite National Qualifier.
  • Hernandez got her first national space after she was added to the U.S. junior national team in July 2013. At the National Championships in August, she won the silver medal in the junior all-around competition.
  • She was selected to represent the U.S. at the Junior Japan International in Yokohama where she won a bronze medal in the all-around.
  • Hernandez was crowned junior all-around champion and was also named to the U.S. team for the 2015 City of Jesolo Trophy. 

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Present Career

  • Hernandez made her senior debut in 2016, earning a bronze medal in the all-around, a silver medal on vault, and a gold medal on the balance beam at the City of Jesolo Trophy.
  • On August 3, 2016, Hernandez became a professional athlete leading-up to the 2016 Olympic Games held in Rio de Janeiro. She was selected in the United States team, known as the “Final Five” which even won a gold medal in the team competition.
  • She also won a silver medal on the balance beam at the event finals on Agust 15, 2016.
  • After Olympics, Hernandez made her TV debut as one of the celebrities competing on season 23 of “Dancing with the Stars” along with her dance partner, Valentin Chmerkovskiy on August 30, 2016. She became the first youngest winner of the show after the couple won the Mirrorball Trophy on November 22, 2016.
  • She also appeared in other series including “Stuck in the Middle”, “Sesame Street”, “Celebrity Family Feud”, “Middle School Moguls”, “Ryan’s Mystery Playdate”, “Blue’s Clues & You!”.
  • On July 15, 2018, Hernandez announced on Instagram that she will be co-hosting “American Ninja Warrior Junior”.
  • With her increasing popularity, she further appeared in several talk shows which include one of the top shows, “The Today Show”, “Good Morning America”, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”, “Entertainment Tonight”, “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”.
  • On January 24, 2017, her first-ever book titled “I Got This: To Gold and Beyond” was released. She was also named the New York Times Best Selling Author for the book.
  • In 2018, Hernandez published a children’s book titled “She’s Got This”.

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Who is Laurie Hernandez Dating?

Laurie Hernandez isn’t dating anyone at the moment. However, she went to prom with her friend, Randall Anderson whom she met in 2015. Hernandez is quite focused on her career than her personal life, however, she spends most of her time with her family. Her other names are Laurie, Cutie, Human Emoji, Baby Shakira. 

Besides, in 2014, Hernandez fractured her wrist when she slipped off the beam in a training session, soon after her recovery, she again suffered a torn patellar tendon and dislocated kneecap. 

On April 29, 2020, Hernandez’s former coach, Maggie Haney, got suspended for 8 years over allegations that she had verbally and emotionally abused gymnasts by U.S. Gymnastics. 

How Tall is Laurie Hernandez?

Laurie Hernandez is a beautiful lady in her 20s. She has a well maintained athletic body physique. Hernandez stands tall with a height of 5ft. 1inch.(1.55m) while her body weighs around 52kg(115 lbs). She has a fair complexion with black hair and hazel brown eyes. 

What is the Net Worth of Laurie Hernandez?

Laurie Hernandez, an aspiring athlete, has quite great earnings from her professional career as a gymnast from a very early age. Hernandez began working professionally at the age of 12, earning million worth fortune from her gymnastics tricks since her teenage. 

Her estimated net worth is around $3 million. 

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