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Winning a gold medal at the Olympics could inspire a lot of people to do a victory dance, but Laurie Hernandez is doing one better. Her victory dance will last an entire season—and might earn her another award for her trophy shelf. The 16-year-old Olympic gymnast has been confirmed as a contestant on Season 23 of ABC's Dancing With the Stars.
ET Online (opens in new tab) confirms that Hernandez will be competing on the show, but there's no word yet if her Team USA teammate and other rumored DWTS hopeful (opens in new tab) hopeful (opens in new tab), Simone Biles, will be joining her.
There's also no word yet on who Hernandez's pro partner might be, but the internet is collectively hoping that Mark Ballas will return for the honor, after his cryptic tweet to her during the Olympics.
I absolutely adore @lzhernandez02 just gorgeous #starpower #needadanceteacher? 😉#RioOlympics2016August 10, 2016
While the official cast announcement won't happen until August 30, ET (opens in new tab) reports that much of the cast has been set, including Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte and model Amber Rose.
We'll just have to wait and see who makes the full lineup (*all the fingers crossed that Biles competes too*) and we'll definitely tune in to cheer Hernandez on when Dancing With the Stars premieres Monday, Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
Kayleigh Roberts is a freelance writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional experience. Her byline has appeared in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Atlantic, Allure, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Bustle, Refinery29, Girls’ Life Magazine, Just Jared, and Tiger Beat, among other publications. She's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
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