Gymnast and Olympic gold medal winner Laurie Hernandez didn't expect her time on "Dancing with the Stars" to be so challenging and credits pro-partner Val Chmerkovskiy with keeping her focused during their many grueling hours of rehearsal time. The 16-year-old New Jersey native has written a blog for Us Weekly where she revealed her struggles during the ABC reality dance competition.

"I thought it would be a lot easier. I didn’t think it would be just a breeze, I knew it would be difficult, but I wasn’t expecting it to be this hard.

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It’s really hard to stay patient with myself and realize this is a whole different world than gymnastics." she stated in the blog. The spunky teenager likely felt when taking on this challenge that if she could manage training performing in the Olympics, she would be able to stand in front of viewers and dance. But this seems not to be the case.

"I'm not a professional dancer!" Hernandez admits

"I’m not a professional dancer, but OK! If you want to judge that hard, you can!

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It’s all good. And it’s nice that they [the judges] think I can live up to their expectations and dance at the high level that they want me to," the gymnast continued. Tonight the contestants have a group dance as well as their individual solo partner routines. These group dances will be judged as a whole, with the winning teams having those points added to their individual routines in order to make one total score for the couple.

Hernandez' group consists of Jana Kramer, Terra Jole and Marilu Henner and they are called “Team Future.” This coincides with the theme of the week, “Eras” so it’s all about different periods of time in the contestants lives. The Olympian and Chmerkovskiy will be dancing to a 1960s-themed quickstep for their solo dance.

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"I get frustrated sometimes," she remarked

Hernandez revealed that she sometimes gets "frustrated" by her inability to master the steps quickly, but her pro-partner continued to work alongside her to ensure her stress level is kept down as the routines become even more challenging than in week's prior. "Dancing With The Stars" airs Mondays on ABC at 8 p.m. EST.

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