Laurie Hernandez, USA Gymnastics
Here is one of the eight athletes you probably don’t know who haven’t yet shown their skills on the gigantic Olympics stage. They will. Don’t say we didn’t give you the heads-up! [See below for the others on our list.]
The New Jersey native is the breakout star of the summer gymnastics season, dazzling Americans with her irrepressible spirit and super high-energy routines at the P&G Championships and Olympic trials. She may be just 16, but she posted the two best scores of any competitor on balance beam at the Olympic trials and was second only to Simone Biles in the all-around scoring. She may become the story of the Rio Olympics.
Click below to see the rest of the breakout American Olympians!
1. Vashti Cunningham, track and field
2. Laurie Hernandez, gymnastics
3. Adeline Gray, wrestling
4. Crystal Dunn, soccer
5. Jackie Galloway, taekwondo
6. Ashleigh Johnson, water polo
7. Abbey Weitzell, swimming
8. Brianna Rollins, track and field