This Is Why Laurie Hernandez Means So Much To Latinas

Meet Olympic Gymnast Laurie Hernandez“The human emoji” Laurie Hernandez is killing it in Rio ???

Posted by Refinery29 on Monday, August 15, 2016

She is the first Latina gymnast for the U.S. in more than 10 years. That’s just the beginning.

Laurie Hernandez has proven to be a total powerhouse in gymnastics during the Rio Olympics. But she is more than just a gymnast; to so many people she is an inspiration. The 16-year-old Puerto Rican is the youngest member of the women’s gymnastics team and helped the team secure a gold medal for the second year in a row. Not to mention that she is the first Latina to represent the U.S. in gymnastics in more than 10 years and the fourth in 80 years.

“I feel I could be a role model to other Hispanic gymnasts interested in the sport,” Hernandez told The Guardian. “But I also want them to understand the importance of being focused, determined, and not giving up, despite all the struggles.”

READ: Finally! We Have A Latina Gymnast Representing The U.S. In Rio

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