Find Out How Laurie Hernandez Did on the Balance Beam Final at the Olympics
After helping USA's Final Five win gold during the Team Finals in Rio, 16-year-old gymnast Laurie Hernandez just achieved her own medal success on the balance beam at the 2016 Olympics. The powerhouse athlete, who is affectionately known as "Baby Shakira" in the gymnastics community, scored a whopping 15.333 during the intense event final on Aug. 15.
Laurie's dizzying routine, featuring difficult tumbling passes and a gorgeous dismount on a four-inch surface area, earned her a coveted silver medal spot on the podium beside her fierce competitors, including teammate Simone Biles, who, after a fall, took home bronze, and the Netherlands's Sanne Wevers, who won gold. Congratulations, Laurie! While this event marks the last time we'll be seeing Laurie take center stage in Rio, fingers crossed she'll be back for more at 2020's Games in Tokyo, especially now that she has officially gone pro.