Four-time medalist on the platform. Switched to springboard after suffering a concussion on a failed 2018 dive off the platform, his head and stomach hitting the water first from nearly 33 feet in the air. One more medal would match Greg Louganis for the most in U.S. diving history.
Hernandez took gold in the team event and silver on the balance beam as the youngest U.S. female Olympian across all sports in Rio at age 16.
She took a break from competition after the Games, won “Dancing with the Stars,” moved from New Jersey to Los Angeles and began her comeback in earnest in 2019, returning to her first U.S. national team camp that November.
She planned to return to competition in spring 2020, before the pandemic halted sports and postponed the Olympics to 2021.
“It’s definitely really helpful, I’m not gonna lie,” Hernandez said in July. “The extra year actually gives me a lot more time to train and add some upgrades and maybe get a little more consistent on things that I wasn’t too sure about for this year.”
Hernandez is targeting one of five available U.S. Olympic women’s gymnastics spots to be filled later this spring (a sixth is already taken by Jade Carey).