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When Olympic gold medalist, Simone Biles, 19, hits the Dancing with the Stars ballroom later this month, she will have a very special good luck charm with her every step of the way with an entire country cheering her on.
But one person who couldn’t be more excited for her Rio 2016 teammate is last year’s ‘Mirror Ball’ champion, Laurie Hernandez, 16.
Hernandez delivered an emotional season with her partner, Val Chmerkovskiy and this season is no different as fans of the “Final Five” are looking to Biles for another set of stellar performances.
On Wednesday’s edition of Good Morning America, Hernandez passed on her lucky silver sequin tennis shoes to wish Biles as a gesture of good luck.
Biles later took to Instagram to share her affection for her fellow Olympic gymnast with a photograph of the two on the New York set of the ABC morning show.
“Love this girl to death,” Biles captioned her Instagram photo. “Thanks for passing your lucky shoes onto me for this season of DWTS.”
The gold medalist joins a community of Olympic gymnasts who have competed on the reality competition show. Aside from Hernandez last season, Biles’ other Final Five teammate Aly Raisman competed on Dancing with the Stars in 2013 after her first Olympic appearance, Nastia Liukin came in fourth place in 2008 with Derek Hough and Shawn Johnson won the competition with Mark Ballas in 2012.
Season 24 of Dancing with the Stars premieres March 20 at 8 p.m ET on ABC.
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