- Laurie Hernandez is the fifth Olympian to win the competition
- The 16-year-old gold medalist was a fan favorite
Olympic gold medalist Laurie Hernandez took home the Mirrorball Trophy during Tuesday night's finale.
Hernandez and her pro partner, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, had been favorites to win.
The pair triumphed over race car driver James Hinchcliffe and pro Sharna Burgess.
"I just want to thank everyone for their support riding along this crazy roller coaster of my life," Hernandez said. "My goal is just to inspire others as I go on with my journey and thanks for being there for me."
The 16-year old athlete became the fifth Olympian to win the competition, following in the steps of speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno, figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi, gymnast Shawn Johnson and ice dancer Meryl Davis.
Hernandez will be joining the "Dancing With the Stars" live tour.