I Got This: New and Expanded Edition: To Gold and Beyond

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I Got This is a story of hard work and dedication. It tells how Laurie Hernandez stayed strong to achieve her goal of becoming an Olympic gymnast and accomplish so much more beyond that.

In 2013, Laurie was practicing handsprings on the beam when she slipped and landed on her wrist. After having her injury x-rayed, Laurie and her family were told that she had a distal radius fracture. As a result, she could not use her hand while she recovered and had to go to physical therapy. Rather than let this injury stop her, Laurie continued her leg exercises and refused to give up hope. About six months later, Laurie sustained another injury: this time she landed incorrectly while doing her vault and twisted her knee. When she tried to stand up, her leg fell out from underneath her. Laurie had to have surgery and physical therapy, but she did not give up. In 2016, Laurie competed in the Rio Olympics as a member of the Final Five. The team won gold, and Laurie even won silver on beam individually! She did not let injuries or disappointments stop her from recognizing her dream, and she has gone on to accomplish so much more since Rio.

As a competitive gymnast myself, this story reminds me that hard work and a positive attitude can yield great results. Doing something you love is not always easy, but it is always worth it. This is a great read for all the dreamers and to those who have been tempted to give up. This book tells us to stay strong through thick and thin, follow our dreams, and remember to be fully committed to achieving our goals. Your dreams are only as distant as your doubts make them.

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Author Laurie Hernandez
Star Count 5/5
Format Trade
Page Count 259 pages
Publisher Harper
Publish Date 2020-04-07
ISBN 9780062957337
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Issue July 2020
Category Tweens


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