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NJ Town Gives Hero's Welcome to Olympic Gymnast

Teammate Aly Raisman was also treated to a festive welcome in her hometown

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    Thousands of people turned out Saturday to give Olympic Gold medalist Laurie Hernandez a hero's welcome in her New Jersey hometown. (Published Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016)

    Thousands of people turned out Saturday to give Olympic Gold medalist Laurie Hernandez a hero's welcome in her New Jersey hometown.

    The 16-year-old gymnast traveled to the gathering in Old Bridge in a motorcade that included police, local officials and gymnastic groups.

    The event culminated with a ceremony at a school football field where residents packed the bleachers, many cheering and holding signs praising Hernandez's efforts.

    Hernandez won gold and silver medals in Rio de Janeiro. She was the youngest member of the five-person U.S. Olympics gymnastic team.

    Her teammate Aly Raisman was also treated to a festive welcome Saturday in her hometown of Needham, Massachusetts. The Boston suburb hosted a "Rally for Aly."

    Raisman won two individual silver medals and a team gold medal in the games that wrapped up earlier this month in Rio de Janeiro.


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