|— Gymnast —|
|Full name||Lauren Hernandez|
|Country represented||United States|
|Born||June 9, 2000|
|Hometown||New Brunswick, NJ|
|Residence||Old Bridge, NJ|
|Discipline||Women's artistic gymnastics|
|Level||Junior International Elite|
|Years on national team||2012-present|
|Club||MG Elite Gymnastics|
|Head coach(es)||Margaret Hainey|
|Assistant coach(es)||Victoria Levine|
Hernandez's Elite career started in 2012 at the Secret U.S Classic, where she placed 11th in the Junior Division, aged 12. Through the Classic, she qualified to the VISA U.S Nationals in St. Louis, Missouri. At nationals, she placed 21st after 2 days competition.
Laurie's first meet of the season was the WOGA Classic where she placed 2nd overall. In June, Hernandez traveled down to the National Training Center in Huntsville, Texas. She competed well and scored a very big 14.900 on floor and finished second behind teammate Ariana Agrapides. She then went to Chicago, Illinois for the Secret Classic and placed 6th. Later in August, at the P&G Gymnastics Championships, Hernandez placed 6th on vault, 2nd on bars, tied 3rd on beam with Alexis Vasquez and 2nd on the floor. She also took another silver in the all-around with a 116.650 total. In September, she went to Yokohama for an International Junior competition scoring 56.750 and taking home a bronze with teammate Bailie Key winning the title.
In early 2014, Hernandez suffered a hand fracture when she slipped off beam in a training session but will resume training soon.
Laurie returned to competition soon after her hand fracture but then suffered a torn patella tendon and dislocated kneecap, resulting in 6 months out of Gymnastics, ending chances of competition at Nationals.
Hernandez is daughter to Wanda and Anthony and has a sister, Jelysa and a brother, Marcus who both do Karate and Varsity Track. At the age 5, Laurie asked her mom if she could do Gymnastics and has never looked back since. Outside of Gymnastics, she loves to do Swimming as well as her nails, writing poetry and drawing and loves listening to One Direction and Ed Sheeran. Although she has a tight schedule, she occasionally volunteers at the Sayre Woods Bible Church.
2016 will be the year that Hernandez will turn senior and her main goal is the 2016 Olympic Games.