One of the breakout superstars of this year’s Olympics is 16-year-old gymnast Laurie Hernandez. The incredible athlete has a vibrant personality on and off the mat, and that beautiful spirit seems to run in the family.
After she won the gold medal this week, Laurie’s older brother Marcus posted a picture that she sent after the big win. It’s clear Marcus is simply beaming with pride for his little sis.
The caption read:
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I am so proud of who you are and what you’ve accomplished. We were talking about this being a possibility a decade ago and to see it actually happen is too much for me to handle. It’s blowing my mind how the same little girl I used to see doing flips on my bed at age 6 now has a gold medal. I have seen you deal with so much adversity with the sport over the last several years and to finally see your hard work culminate makes it all worth it. You’re the toughest little 16 year old I’ve ever met and I’m not saying that just cause I’m a proud bro. Remember to give God his glory always! Love you sis and can’t wait to see you kill it Monday as well. As soon as you land we’re going straight to Wawa.
One look at Marcus’s Instagram will show you he’s one of Laurie’s biggest cheerleaders. Days before the Olympics began he posted this photo and shared some awesome words of encouragement.
“I have seen this girl work tirelessly for the last 10+ years almost everyday. Now I get to say that my little sister is representing the United States of America at the Rio Olympic Games,” he wrote. “It’s crazy to think that all of your hard work has paid off but I knew from the beginning that it would. I am so unbelievably proud of you and can’t wait to see what you do at Rio. You truly deserve it…Now time to show them what you got!”
Safe to say, Laurie is having the time of her life. I can only imagine having this kind of support from her big brother must make this victory as sweet as can be.
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