Laurie Hernandez now has a mirror ball trophy to shine alongside her Olympic gold.
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"It felt amazing," Hernandez said this morning on "GMA." "I had that same joy as I had at the Olympics. It was such an accomplishing moment. It was exciting."
"I'm so grateful," she added.
With her final dance, a trio samba, Hernandez beat out her fellow contestants IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe and former NFL player Calvin Johnson Jr.
Chmerkovskiy said Hernandez brought out the "youthful joy" in him as his dancing partner.
"To see that in a young person is very inspiring for anybody," he said. "She's really special, and I wanted to do a good job for her, and I hope I did."