Laurie Hernandez wowed gymnastics fans during her run at the Rio Olympics and now she is hoping to wow people again during Season 23 of Dancing With The Stars. What do viewers need to know about this new DWTS contestant?

What doDWTS fans need to know about Hernandez?

This 16-year-old gymnast hails from New Jersey, notes her NBC profile, and Laurie started dance at the age of 5. However, Hernandez didn't embrace dance all that much at the time and she shifted over to gymnastics. This new Dancing With the Stars contendermay have started out with a casual interest in the sport, but she was noticed very quickly by coach Maggie Haney and things took off from there.

Hernandez got more serious about the sport after she turned 9 and by 2013 she was winning big medals at national championships. Injuries sidelined her in 2014, and she had to step away from competing as she worked on her recovery. However, Laurie came back stronger than ever in 2015 and won the all-around gold at the next nationals. It was a fierce competition to snag spots on the 2016 Olympic squad, with others like Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, and Gabby Douglas competing as well. This new DWTS contestantencountered an additional injury, but she still snagged a spot on the team.

This newDancing With the Stars competitor is excited to be with Val

As Olympics fans know, things went well for the team in Rio and now Dancing With the Stars fans are dying to see how Hernandez does on the dance floor.

She is partnered with Val Chmerkovskiy this fall and E! Online shares that the two were pretty excited to find out they would be working together. DWTS viewers are definitely expecting big things from this duo and the pressure is on.

Season 23 of DWTS is definitely going to be a competitive one in many ways.

Mark Ballas is taking a break, but Derek Hough is back and is partnered with Marilu Henner. Val's brother Maksim is back as well and he will compete with Amber Rose. Fellow Olympian Ryan Lochte is doing Dancing With the Stars too, working with returning pro Cheryl Burke, and there is no doubt that there will be a big battle as everybody angles to score the trophy.

Do you think that Laurie Hernandez and Val Chmerkovskiy are the pair to beat this time around?

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