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Laurie Hernandez launches her own Human Emoji app

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It was only a matter of time. Laurie Hernandez, the Olympic champion gymnast nicknamed “The Human Emoji,” is now available in app form to insert into texts.

“Laurie Hernandez the Human Emoji” app was launched last week, downloadable for $1.99 on iOS and Android devices.

More information on the app is available here.

The launch capped an incredible 2016 for Hernandez, who was a junior-age-level gymnast before this year. Hernandez moved up to senior, made the Olympic team as the youngest woman on Team USA across all sports and took home team gold and balance beam silver from Rio.

Hernandez then won “Dancing with the Stars,” joining Shawn Johnson as gymnasts to win that title.

What’s ahead for Hernandez in 2017? Continuing her “Dancing with the Stars” tour and, possibly, a return to competition, based on her recent comments.

The app’s description:

Laurie Hernandez, Olympic Gold medalist, winner of Dancing with the Stars, and “The Human Emoji”, is now here for all the high points of your life! There are 100+ emojis, stickers, and images of Laurie as her natural self for you to insert into your texts.

Additionally, 3 minigames are included with the app:

– “Be a Gymnast”. Put your own face in cut outs of gymnastic bodies leaping up and doing wild fantastic routines. You are now a gymnast!!
– “Dress up Laurie”. Everything from leotards to the glamorous outfits worn on TV, you can go wild dressing up Laurie and sharing different combinations with friends.
– “Caption Contest”. Whether its Laurie’s whispering “I’ve got this” before starting an exercise, or reminding friends that “Strong is beautiful”, this emoji app is here to bring her bubbly and engaging spirit to your everyday life.

Kerri Walsh Jennings pleased by result after longest break in 5 years

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Kerri Walsh Jennings returned from her longest competition break since 2013 and, with partner Nicole Branagh, nearly beat the world’s top-ranked team.

Walsh Jennings and Branagh ultimately were eliminated in the round of 16 at the Xiamen Open in China.

“We WILL do better,” was posted on Walsh Jennings’ social media. “We actually had a great showing and learned and battled and improved – sometimes the stats don’t show everything.”

Walsh Jennings and Branagh, a pair of 39-year-old moms, played together for the first time since July 22, when Walsh Jennings’ five-times surgically repaired right shoulder popped out mid-match.

Walsh Jennings, eyeing her sixth and final Olympics in 2020, underwent a sixth shoulder surgery and an ankle surgery and did not return to training on the beach until March (her longest break between hitting a ball on sand since switching from indoor following the 2000 Olympics).

The duo won their opening Xiamen match in three sets last week, then lost a three-setter to the world’s No. 1 team in group play. Canadians Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes prevailed 21-15, 22-24, 18-16 en route to the tournament title.

After Walsh Jennings and Branagh swept American qualifiers Kelley Larsen and Emily Stockman in the first elimination round, they squandered a one-set lead in the round of 16. Australians Mariafe Artacho and Taliqua Clancy eliminated them 19-21, 21-16, 20-18.

Walsh Jennings said before flying to Xiamen that she and Branagh would next play on the FIVB World Tour at the Itapema Open in Brazil in mid-May. In four FIVB World Tour events since partnering last year, they were eliminated in qualifying once, bounced in the round of 16 twice and forfeited a bronze-medal match due to that shoulder dislocation.

Early season partner changes defined the U.S. women’s landscape. In Xiamen, one of those new teams, Kelly Claes and Brittany Hochevar, reached the final, losing to the Canadians.

It marked the first final four appearance on the senior FIVB World Tour for the 22-year-old Claes, an NCAA champion at USC with former partner Sara Hughes, and for the 36-year-old Hochevar, the older sister of former Kansas City Royals pitcher Luke Hochevar.

MORE: Walsh Jennings documents comeback from surgeries

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Watch Dateline special on McKayla Maroney, Larry Nassar; full episode

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McKayla MaroneyAly Raisman and Martha and Bela Karolyi spoke about their experiences with Larry Nassar in “Silent No More,” an NBC News’ DATELINE special that aired Sunday night.

It marked Maroney’s first interview since she went public as one of the hundreds of survivors who said they were sexually abused by Nassar, a team doctor for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University for two decades.

The Karolyis, both former U.S. women’s national team coordinators, spoke on camera for the first time regarding Nassar, too. Olympians said they were abused at the Karolyis’ ranch in Texas at national team training camps.

Maroney said that at 2011 Worlds in Tokyo she told John Geddert, the personal coach of teammate Jordyn Wieber and head coach for the U.S. team at the event, that Nassar abused her.

NBC News reported that three other people in the car at the time remembered Maroney’s account from seven years ago. Geddert did not respond to requests for comment.

Geddert was suspended by USA Gymnastics in January and is facing a criminal investigation after Nassar, who molested girls at Geddert’s gym in Michigan, was sentenced to 40 to 125 years in prison on Jan. 24. Geddert said he had “zero knowledge” of Nassar’s crimes.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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