"Dancing with the Stars" Season 23 came to an end after 11 weeks of competition on Tuesday night, November 22, 2016. Three couples were in the finals. This is the first time in the history of the ABC dance competition that all stars in the finals were professional athletes. While they have been winners in their individual sports, only one winner could take home the Mirror Ball Trophy. That winner was Laurie Hernandez along with her pro partner Val Chmerkovskiy.

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Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez and partner Val Chmerkovskiy had been at the top of the leaderboard many times during the season.

Laurie was called the frontrunner several weeks ago. Even though it was a close call, she and Val were the winners of the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy. Coming in second place was race car driver James Hinchcliffe and his pro partner Sharna Burgess, who was absent on two episodes because of a knee injury. Former NFL player Calvin Johnson with Lindsay Arnold ended up in third place. Though they were just a few points behind the others, Calvin's charming personality and smile helped him become a favorite even though his sister didn't have much confidence in his dancing skills at the beginning of the season.

The winner: Laurie Hernandez

Young Celebrities have been contestants on the show before, but Laurie is the youngest contestant to win the championship.

The 16-year-old gymnast performed dances to the satisfaction of judges and viewers. We have not seen the last of Laurie on the dance floor. She will join the pros on the tour when they perform in various cities around the country starting next month.

Because of Laurie's great performances, she helped her partner, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, get his second Mirror Ball Trophy.

The first time Val won the championship was on May 19, 2015 during Season 20 when he was paired with actress and singer Rumer Willis. Val, 30, has won more championships than his older brother Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Even though they are not in competition, Maks, 36, has won only once. That was on May 20, 2014 during Season 18 with Olympian Meryl Davis.

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