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Laurie Hernandez Has A New Children’s Book And Her Eyes Set On 2020 Olympic Gold

Two-time Olympic medalist Laurie Hernandez knows a good deal about resilience and strength. Besides being a U.S. champion, the 18-year-old Puerto Rican gymnast has created her own fashion line, partnered with beloved brand Mattel to make her own Barbie, and won a season of “Dancing With The Stars.” Her latest career move involves her writing and publishing her second book.

The gold and silver medalist recently debuted her new children’s book called “She’s Got This.”

It’s not the first book, Hernandez has written. In 2016, the athlete published “I Got This: To Gold and Beyond” which quickly became a New York Times Best Seller. The debut autobiography chronicled Hernadez journey to discovering her passion for gymnastics and, soon after, what it would take for her to become an Olympian. In her latest book, fans of Hernandez can expect an alternative look into her early days. With a title inspired by Hernadez ritual recital of the phrase “I got this” to herself before the events, she participated in at the 2016 Summer Olympics, “She’s Got This” tells a variant of her story through the eyes of a young girl named Zoe who after seeing a gymnast on TV realizes that gymnastics is a lot like flying.

The book, written for children ages preschool to three years old, is meant to teach young readers that the path to pursuing one’s goals and dreams will never come easy. Really, the book is a lesson in learning that no matter what field you chase after “you always have to get back up and try again, and you always have to believe in yourself.”

In an interview with Good Morning America, Hernandez explained that despite her champion status she finds herself “pretty much terrified,” for every competition she takes part in. “It’s making sure that I can calm myself down before I hop onto the equipment. For me, that’s a lot of self-talk and self-preparation, and it’s being my own hype-man. So when I was out there competing, I said, ‘I got this.’ And the camera really got a close-up of it,” She went onto explain. “It captured this moment that I thought was really important.”

During the interview, Hernandez also announced that she’s got her eyes set on Olympic gold once again.

Hernandez did more than promote her book on GMA. She also announced that after taking some time away from gymnastics to graduate high school, that she is “currently training” for the Olympics in 2020 which will be held in Tokyo. “I am coming back into the gymnastics world,” She exclaimed excitedly during the interview. “Cross your fingers for 2020.”

“She’s Got This” is available online and bookstores now. 

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Mattel Just Made A Barbie Shero In Honor Of Laurie Hernandez’s Accomplishments And I Love What This Means For Little Latinas

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Mattel Just Made A Barbie Shero In Honor Of Laurie Hernandez’s Accomplishments And I Love What This Means For Little Latinas

For the past three years, the big box brand behind Barbie, Mattel, has worked hard to honor women who shatter glass ceilings, display their power and go for the gold through their “Shero” doll collection. In the past, Latinas that have been honored with a Barbie Shero-staus have included Lorena Ochoa and Frida Kahlo.

This month American artistic gymnast and Olympic gold medalist, Laurie Hernandez has received the honor as well.

The U.S. Olympian is being honored with a special Barbie doll of her own.

In an interview with Yahoo Entertainment, Hernandez shared that as a child she often broke her Barbie dolls while attempting to make them do gymnastics just like she did. To ensure young girls like her have the ability to play with their dolls and see themselves in them, Hernandez and Mattel worked together to give her doll’s limbs full range of motion as well as Hernandez’s likeness.

“Now girls are gonna be able to go find my doll and look at her and realize she has curls like them too, and if they want to try gymnastics, they can,” Hernandez said of the doll. “So I think that Barbie’s doing something incredible here.”

The new doll recognizes Hernandez’s official status as a “Shero.”

Having been considered a pillar of strength and force to be reckoned with since making her Olympic debut at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, Hernandez has used her platform to inspire young girls and women to embrace themselves for who they are and catapult themselves towards their dreams. Curves, muscles, strength and all. Her doll will, undoubtedly, prove to be a massive influence on the young Latina girls of newer generations.

The new doll comes with two leotards that come from Hernadez’s GK gymnastics line, sweatpants, a duffle bag and gym shoes. She also has Hernandez’s eyes and beloved curls.

“She has my curls! She has my eyes! She has my nose!” Hernandez told in an interview. “It’s incredible to look at because when I was a little girl, I would play with Barbie dolls that had my hair color and my eye color. But this one really does look like me and I think it’s gonna resemble a lot of little girls out there.”

Hernandez’s new doll will soon be available at Walmart for $29.88

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