Laurie Hernandez, the first U.S. female Olympian born in the 2000s, will be the third member of the Final Five to pen a book.
“I Got This: To Gold and Beyond” is a children’s book (ages 8-12) with an on-sale date of Jan. 24, according to Harper Collins.
Hernandez, 16, mouthed “I got this” before her balance beam routine in the Olympic team final.
Later in the Games, Hernandez took silver in the beam final, becoming the youngest individual U.S. Olympic gymnastics medalist since 1992 (Shannon Miller).
Hernandez is currently competing on “Dancing with the Stars,” hoping to become the second gymnast to win that competition (Shawn Johnson).
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From Harper Collins:
Gold medal-winning Olympic gymnast and Dancing with the Stars favorite Laurie Hernandez shares her story in her own words in this debut book for fans of all ages—with never-before-seen photos!
At sixteen years old, Laurie Hernandez has already made many of her dreams come true—and yet it’s only the beginning for this highly accomplished athlete. A Latina Jersey girl, Laurie saw her life take a dramatic turn last summer when she was chosen to be a part of the 2016 US Olympic gymnastics team. After winning gold in Rio as part of the Final Five, Laurie also earned an individual silver medal for her performance on the balance beam. Nicknamed “the Human Emoji” for her wide-eyed and animated expressions, Laurie continues to dance her way into everyone’s hearts while competing on the hit reality TV show Dancing with the Stars.
Poignant and funny, Laurie’s story is about growing up with the dream of becoming an Olympian and what it took to win gold. She talks about her loving family, her rigorous training, her intense sacrifices, and her amazing triumphs. Be prepared to fall in love with and be mesmerized by America’s newest sweetheart all over again.