A little over one year after returning to training and less than one year before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics begin, Laurie Hernandez is making her first official steps to making the Olympic team. The 2016 Olympic gold medalist has accepted an invite to attend the November national team camp beginning Nov. 15.
Considering Hernandez has yet to compete in this quad and under the current Code of Points, the November training camp proves to be a good choice for Hernandez’s first camp back since 2016. According to NBC Sports, the November camp will not require demonstration of full routines. Instead, the invited gymnasts will show their most difficult tumbling pass, a vault, and some combinations on uneven bars and balance beam.
“Coaches share with us plans on skills and routines for next year, and we help them,” high performance coordinator Tom Forster said. “That’s part of the camp, and that’s why Laurie wants to be there. It gets her and her coaches exposed to current rules and trends.”
Known for her expressive floor routine and excellence on beam, Hernandez hasn’t shown much tumbling or floor work on Instagram yet but has shared several training clips for beam and a few on bars.
Her beam combos have been looking good, including a triple series and a front aerial to leap series.
On bars, she hasn’t shown off any combos, but her Tkachev and full-twisting double back dismount look ready to go.
Hernandez is only the second member of the Fierce Five attempting to make the 2020 Olympic team but has sought advice from her former teammates, including Aly Raisman, who have been in her shoes.
"Coming back is actually really difficult,” she told Business Insider. “And when you have someone who's already done it, it's really helpful to hear how they did it and the things that they struggled with because it makes you feel like the things that you're going through [aren't] so bad."