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.
Olympic champion Gregorio Paltrinieri swam the second-fastest 1500m freestyle in history, clocking 14:33.10 in his native Italy on Thursday.
Paltrinieri, 25, missed Chinese Sun Yang‘s world record from the 2012 Olympics by 2.08 seconds.
The Italian now owns the second- and third-fastest times in history, including his 14:34.10 from the 2016 European Championships, also held at the 2012 Olympic pool in London.
Paltrinieri is a versatile distance swimmer. At last year’s world championships, he finished sixth in the open-water 10km to qualify for the Olympics, then won the 800m free in the pool in a European record time and finished with 1500m bronze, just missing a third straight world title in that event.
German Florian Wellbrock won the 1500m in 14:36.54 at worlds, with Paltrinieri finishing 2.21 seconds back.
Sun, 28, was in February banned eight years stemming from destroying a drug-test sample with a hammer in September 2018. Sun, who focused more on the 200m and 400m frees in recent years, did not race the 1500m at the 2017 or 2019 Worlds.
Top-level swim meets in the U.S. are scheduled to resume in November with the Tyr Pro Series.
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Bianca Andreescu withdrew from the U.S. Open, citing “unforeseen challenges, including the Covid pandemic” compromising her ability to prepare to defend her Grand Slam title.
“I have taken this step in order to focus on my match fitness and ensure that I return ready to play at my highest level,” Andreescu, a 20-year-old Canadian, posted on social media. “The US Open victory last year has been the high point of my career thus far and I will miss not being there. However, I realize that the unforeseen challenges, including the Covid pandemic, have compromised my ability to prepare and compete to the degree necessary to play at my highest level.”
Andreescu’s absence means the U.S. Open, the first Grand Slam tournament since tennis resumed amid the coronavirus pandemic, will be without both 2019 male and female singles champions.
Rafael Nadal previously announced he would not defend his title, saying he would rather not travel given the global situation. Roger Federer is also out after knee surgery. Women’s No. 1 Ash Barty didn’t enter, either, citing travel concerns.
Last year, Andreescu made her U.S. Open title run as the 15th seed, sweeping Serena Williams in the final. Ranked 208th a year earlier, she became the first player born in the 2000s to win a Slam and the first teen Slam winner since Maria Sharapova at the 2006 U.S. Open.
Andreescu then missed the Australian Open in January due to rehab from a knee injury that forced her to retire during a match at the WTA Finals on Oct. 30. She also missed the French Open and Wimbledon in 2019 following a rotator cuff tear.
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