Olympic gold medalist Laurie Hernandez was crown champion of DTWS!
Will the mirrorball trophy reside with her Olympic gymnastics medals, including a gold from the women’s all-around team competition and a silver in the balance beam at the Rio Games in July?
“Probably,” the 16-year-old said. “Or maybe like in the center of my house.”
Chmerkovskiy, now a two-time pro champ, says he finds Hernandez inspiring and hopes others, especially younger fans, do too.
“I wanted to set an example through her … for her generation that anything is possible. To stay hungry, to stay humble, she’s a testament to that”
Hernandez agreed. “I do want to inspire others…When I was a little kid, I looked up to other people, so I hope I can inspire little kids.”