Dancing With the Stars crowns U.S. Olympic gold medalist Laurie Hernandez

Olympic gold medallist Laurie Hernandez can add a Dancing with the Stars crown to her 2016 haul after winning the
23rd season of the ABC reality competition.

The 16-year-old gymnast took home the Mirrorball Trophy after the conclusion of a two-episode finale Tuesday night. Hernandez and partner Val Chmerkovskiy received a perfect score for one of their dances during the finale and 38 points out of a possible 40 for another.

James Hinchcliffe and Sharna Burgess

James Hinchcliffe and Sharna Burgess performing their freestyle routine on Monday Nov, 21. They received a perfect score. (ABC/Associated Press)

They beat out Canadian race car driver James Hinchcliffe and his partner, Sharna Burgess, for the crown. Former NFL star wide receiver Calvin Johnson and partner Lindsay Arnold came in third.

The full Season 23 cast also featured Amber Rose, Maureen McCormick, Terra Jole, Marilu Henner, Vanilla Ice, Jake T. Austin, Babyface, Rick Perry and Ryan Lochte.

Hernandez told host Tom Bergeron that the trophy is another step in her goal to “inspire others” as she goes on with her journey.

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