Olympic Gymnast Laurie Hernandez To Join ‘Dancing With The Stars’

Sure Laurie Hernandez can perform a mean beam routine, but can she foxtrot with the best of them?

The Olympic gold medalist is swapping out her leotard for dancing shoes to join this coming season of “Dancing with the Stars,” Us Magazine reported Sunday.

The 16-year-old gymnast, who took home both gold and silver medals at this summer’s events, will reportedly face off against fellow stars Maureen McCormick of “The Brady Bunch,” Amber Rose, R&B singer Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and even fellow Olympian Ryan Lochte.

A fair warning to her future opponents: This teen’s not only got some killer moves but charisma, too.

The ABC show’s full and final lineup is expected to be announced on Tuesday.

“The thought of it sounds really cool,” Hernandez previously told Us of potentially joining DWTS. “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.”

Us Weekly previously reported that Hernandez’s teammate Simone Biles had been considered for a spot as well.

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figcaption class=”image__caption” js-image-caption”> The 16-year-old earned a silver medal for her killer balance beam routine. Can she now bring home the win on the dance floor?


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Though social media has reacted mostly with excitement over news of Hernandez possibly competing on the program, rumors of Lochte joining as he faces a charge of filing a fake police report in Rio de Janeiro  has led to some outcry on DWTS’s Facebook page.

Though some say the swimmer deserves a chance to redeem himself, many others are urging the show to select someone else.

Lochte’s signing “was apparently in the works” before this month’s scandal, Deadline.com reported.

Perhaps only time will tell whether Lochte can dance his way back into fans’ good graces. Season 23 of DWTS premieres Sept. 12.

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