The following is an excerpt from Zayda Rivera | August 8, 2016 | Foxnews.com |
A year ago, Laurie Hernandez was virtually unknown. Today, she’s shining bright at the 2016 Rio Olympics competing for Team USA.
The 16-year-old from Puerto Rico is playing a key role in leading the team closer to the dream of repeating the 2012 gold medal.
On Sunday night, she scored 14.800 in the all-around (third among U.S. women), 15.200 in the vault (third) and 15.366 on the balance beam (second).
The 5-foot Hernandez is one of a very small number of U.S.-born Hispanics to make the USA Olympics gymnastics team, and the first in 12 years. Tracee Talavera, who is of Mexican-American descent, competed at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, and Cuban American Annia Hatch competed in 2004.
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