The gold medal is so last week. Laurie Hernandez now has the mirrorball trophy next on her hit list, and she's already nailing her routines for "Dancing With the Stars."
The gymnast's partner, Val Chmerkovskiy, has posted to social media, documenting her progress in her new floor routine.
"Still need a lot of work on the frame. But eyyyyy we already got a handshake," he captioned a video of the duo in which they finish the dance step and then perform and intricate handshake (which we don't think is part of the dance). "So excited for the season. Helping this incredible girl reach her ballroom dreams. She's a real gem."
A gem and a really quick study! The newly formed duo seem to be hitting it off quite well.
"I'm so grateful to announce my partner for Season 23 of #DWTS is non other than the incredible @lauriehernandez," he captioned a selfie of them, adding, "Let the journey begin :) now we need a team name..."
He later said that they will call themselves #TEAMVALAUR, a play off of both of their first names.
The name, he wrote on Instagram, is defined, in part, by "individuals coming together to have the best time dancing their butts off and bringing joy to others: damnnn TEAMVALAUR, back at it again with straight tens."
They are "in it to win it," he says.
After it was officially announced that she was joining the show, Laurie shared a photo of her and Val, saying, "I'm so excited to show you my moves."
She also posted a Snapchat video of her and Val giggling while appearing as a deer.
The ABC show was certainly able to capitalize on Laurie's meteoric rise into public consciousness, as she was a part of the much-hyped "Final Five" team that won the gold in the recent Olympic Games in Rio.
Before things were finalized, Laurie, 16, was asked about joining the ABC dance competition, telling Us Weekly, "The thought of it sounds really cool. We have the tour coming up, so we'll see what goes on with that. But I love 'Dancing With the Stars.' I watched it all the time when I was little."
"When I was little"... feel old yet?
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