I thought I would have as my first post, an inspirational story…
It is Olympic season! As an American, and always looking for opportunities to celebrate my Puerto Rican heritage, it was awesome to see a Latina, on the United States Olympic Gymnastics Team in Rio, 16 year old Laurie Hernandez. One of a select few Hispanic Americans to make the USA Olympics Gymnastics team (Tracee Talavera, who competed on the 1984 team in Los Angeles and Annia Hatch, who competed on the 2004 team in Athens), Laurie brought home the gold with her signature event, the floor routine. Check out her performance below –
This American team, heavily favored going into the Rio Games, could have easily buckled under the pressure. However, each young lady delivered a great performance, with the team earning the nickname “The Final Five”. Hernandez, who is affectionately referred to as the “Human Emoji” gave her typical high energy, enthusiastic floor routine which is by all accounts a fan favorite. In celebration of the gold, she showed admiration and love for her teammates in this tweet –
— Laurie Hernandez ➶ (@lzhernandez02) August 10, 2016
What a great role model for all young ladies! This is what makes America great, someone who works hard to achieve something so few ever get the opportunity to even attempt. Look at the diversity among our Olympic athletes, that is a true representation of who we are as a people.
Congratulations Laurie on your Gold Medal, and congratulations to the entire USA Olympic Gymnastics team. Great Job!