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As soon as we heard that Laurie Hernandez (aka the sassiest member of the Final Five) was joining Dancing with the Stars, we knew this season was gonna be competitive.

And in a blog post for Us, Hernandez let us know that she wasn’t expecting DWTS to be as hard as it is. Of course, we know the work has been paying off, since she earned a perfect score and shared amazing rehearsal photos that chart her progress with partner Val Chmerkovskiy. But it’s great to see Hernandez talking honestly about her journey — nothing feels sugarcoated, and we respect that so much.

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What a great reminder that nobody is superhuman – not even Olympic athletes. Hernandez also talked about what it was like receiving advice and criticism from the judges every week.

As always, her signature good attitude was ever-present.

She also mentioned wanting to take a vacation to Greece or Mexico with her family after DWTS is over, and we think that would be incredibly well-deserved. She’s worked ridiculously hard and pushed herself in every direction (literally and figuratively), so she’s earned it!

Keep on inspiring us, Laurie!