The 16-year-old gymnastic superstar is making her Olympics debut next month – but that’s not the only big news to share. Hernandez, Puerto Rican, is the first Latina to make the team in 30 years. Prior to this year’s games, only Tracee Talavera, Mexican-American, held a spot on the gymnastics team.
Hernandez, hailing from Old Bridge, New Jersey, will compete on the team alongside teammates Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman, Madison Kocian, and Simone Biles. The young star’s gymnastics specialties include floor routines and beam.
Hernandez proudly made the announcement via Twitter. “So proud of everyone who competed. I can finally say I’m representing USA at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics,” she wrote. Later, she followed up with a “pinch-me” moment, writing “this is surreal omg.”
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