Laurie Hernandez wins Dancing with the Stars, youngest champion ever

Tuesday November 22nd, 2016

Olympic gold medalist Laurie Hernandez capped her 2016 with a victory in the 23rd season of ABC's “Dancing with the Stars”.

Hernandez and her dance partner Val Chmerkovskiy were crowned in Tuesday night's finale, which also featured former Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson and IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe.

Hinchcliffe was the runner-up as Johnson finished third.

At just 16 years old, Hernandez is the youngest champion in the show's history.

Last month, Hernandez earned a perfect score. You can watch that performance below:

American Voices: Laurie Hernandez is doing Hispanics proud

Hernandez joins Shawn Johnson as Olympic old medalist gymnasts that have also won a season of Dancing with the Stars. Fellow gymnasts and Olympic champions Nastia Liukin and Aly Raisman have fourth place finishes on their “Dancing with the Stars” resumes.

Johnson and Hernandez's fellow Olympic teammates congratulated her on social media:

Other previous Olympians to win “Dancing with the Stars” include Apolo Ohno, Kristi Yamaguchi and Meryl Davis.

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