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  • 15 Jul
    导出博客文章In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Erika L. Sánchez writes a tribute
    essay to?Olympian Laurie Hernandez.This summer the Olympics in Rio gave us the
    gift of Laurie Hernandez, the vibrant 16-year-old gymnast from New Jersey who
    won a gold medal in the team event and a silver medal for the balance beam. Shes
    one of the youngest members of Team USA and has quickly become an international
    star and a role model for girls everywhere.I dont think Ive ever seen a young
    Latina receive so much love and praise, and its been incredible to
    watch.Hernandez, of Puerto Rican heritage, has been honing her gymnastic skills
    since the age of five. Her dedication to her sport is palpable in her graceful
    powerful movements. She exudes a confidence on the floor that is, unfortunately,
    rare for a teenage girl.Its taken me a lifetime to be that self-assured.When I
    was Hernandezs age, I never saw anyone who looked like me on TV, let alone in
    sports. I was uncoordinated and dreaded any sort of physical activity. Part of
    my hesitation stemmed from the discomfort I felt with my own body.Like many
    young women, I was embarrassed of simply existing, of being me. Thats why Im so
    encouraged when I watch Hernandez. I lament that I didnt have that kind of poise
    and determination, but Im so grateful that she can influence future generations
    of young women.Unfortunately, brown girls are often discouraged from exercising
    outside because its considered masculine. My grandmother, for instance, once
    called me marimacha, which roughly translates to butch, simply because I liked
    to play outdoors.Instead of getting involved with after school activities, young
    Latinas are often obligated to do chores or take care of their siblings. Their
    responsibilities primarily reside in the home, and its considered indecent to be
    out in the streets.Despite the discouragement I received from my environment and
    my own self-doubt, in seventh grade I decided to join an after-school volleyball
    league. Initially I was proud of having challenged myself, but I regretted my
    decision as soon as I realized that I was absolutely terrible, incapable of ever
    getting the ball over the net. My teammates would groan whenever I missed a
    shot. Then, as a freshman in high school I joined the track team, but quit after
    a few weeks because I was so slow my races didnt even count. I felt like a
    failure and decided I wasnt athletic, that it wasnt a part of who I
    was.Hernandez is the opposite of my younger self, and that is so refreshing to
    me. Not only is she athletically talented, her exuberance and sunny disposition
    add to her extraordinary presence. Its no surprise that her nicknames include
    Baby Shakira, and Human Emoji.She moves with personality and attitude. In
    addition to her gymnastics career, Hernandez is also a skilled dancer,
    performing flawlessly on Dancing with the Stars. Its motivating to watch her
    move her body with such joy. I spent so much of my youth shrouding myself and
    grappling with depression that its heartening to see a young woman who isnt
    afraid to celebrate her own talent and physique.Im now in my 30s and am so
    thrilled to see that times have changed for young girls of color. Latinas have
    become more visible in media in general, and the Internet has made it easier for
    girls to pursue their interests and find positive representations of
    themselves.Though she is much younger than me, I consider Laurie Hernandez a
    role model. She is the embodiment of Brown Girl Magic. In an interview this
    summer she stated, I want to make sure I always show off my smile and have a
    positive attitude the whole time, whether its during a performance, practice or
    doing an interview. This outlook is something we should all try to emulate.I
    hope that Hernandez will inspire a generation of Latina girls to pursue sports,
    to become comfortable with their bodies, to experience the exhilaration of
    physical transcendence.Erika L. Sánchez is a poet, essayist, and fiction writer.
    She is the author?of Lessons on Expulsion (Graywolf 2017) and I Am Not Your
    Perfect Mexican Daughter (Knopf Books for Young Readers 2017). Her nonfiction
    has appeared in Al Jazeera, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, and many other
    publications. She has received a CantoMundo Fellowship, a Discovery/Boston
    Review Poetry Prize, and a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry
    Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation.
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