During the 2016 Rio Olympics, inventive gymnast Laurie Hernandez turned a family identify within the U.S.
Then solely 16 years old — simply sufficiently old to compete in that yr’s Olympics — Hernandez performed a key function in serving to the U.S. girls’s inventive gymnastics staff win a gold medal within the staff finals. She additionally earned the silver medal individually on stability beam.
Her fame, recognition and character had been sufficient to maintain her within the highlight following the worldwide athletic competitors. After the Olympics, she adopted within the footsteps of different Olympic gymnasts Shawn Johnson, Nastia Liukin and Aly Raisman by competing on “Dancing with the Stars.” She went on to win her season with Val Chmerkovskiy as her associate.
The 2016 Games, nevertheless, had been the final time Hernandez competed in a gymnastics occasion till this yr.
After time away from the game, Hernandez returned to competitors earlier this yr in pursuit of creating it to a different Olympic Games. While doing so, she has been paying homage to a few of her favourite Marvel superheroes.
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Gymnasts’ leotards are a approach for the athlete to additional categorical themselves and add an additional sense of fashion to the inventive sport. For Hernandez, it has turn into a technique to show her love for a few of Earth’s mightiest heroes.
In February, she competed for the primary time since Rio on the 2021 Winter Cup. It was at this meet that she debuted the primary of her quite a few superhero-inspired leotards for the season, noting that the inspiration means “colours and imprecise resemblance” to the character.
She first wore a Captain Marvel-inspired leotard design at Winter Cup. It had a blue base with mesh and yellow and crimson detailing that paid homage to the swimsuit Carol Danvers wears. Then, she adopted up with a Black Panther-inspired design on the G.Ok. U.S. Classic. The white detailing on the collar was meant to imitate the Claw Necklace, which holds the ability to instantaneously permit the Black Panther to swimsuit up.
This previous weekend, she debuted two extra leotards: one impressed by the Scarlet Witch — notably her new outfit featured on the finish of “WandaVision” — and one impressed by Captain America.
The latter two designs, nevertheless, weren’t seen throughout the precise competitors.
Hernandez suffered a knee damage whereas warming up for the primary night time of U.S. Championships, the day she was sporting the Scarlet Witch-inspired leotard. The damage prevented the Olympic medalist from collaborating in U.S. Championships as a complete. But she made certain to nonetheless show off the Captain America design meant for the ultimate day of competitors.
On TikTok, Hernandez talked about that the Captain America-inspired design was her favourite of the 4 leotards.
Shoutouts from Marvel
Marvel acknowledged Hernandez’s leotards this weekend, first wishing her luck after which scoring the leotards as a nod to the game.
Marvel quote-tweeted Hernandez’s tweet with the collage of leotards and the superheroes who impressed them, saying “We give this a 100/10.” The tweet was a play on excellent 10s in gymnastics — although that system is not used on the elite gymnastics degree that Hernandez competes in.
A Self-Proclaimed ‘Superhero Nerd’
Given the very fact Hernandez selected to design leotards impressed by a few of her favourite Marvel heroes, she is an apparent fan. However, she is greater than that. In her Twitter bio, she has “superhero nerd” listed amongst being an Olympic medalist, “Dancing with the Stars” champion and extra.
Scroll by Hernandez’s Twitter profile, and it is easy to see why she calls herself such. She has tweeted many occasions about her superhero fandom — most notably that for Marvel — sharing her opinion on numerous issues.
She would bring back Black Widow if she might carry any Marvel character again. She needs to reside within the Marvel Cinematic Universe — specifically the town of Westview featured in “WandaVision” — out of all different fictional universes.
She has even carried out her personal one-woman Marvel show on TikTok, reenacting a preferred scene from “Avengers: Infinity War.”
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