After two years out of gymnastics, Rio gold and silver medallist Laurie Hernandez has begun training again with a view to competing at Tokyo 2020.
The American certainly kept herself busy, winning U.S. TV series Dancing With the Stars, becoming a published author and designing a clothing collection.
But none of these pursuits provided quite the same thrill as competition.
The 17-year-old high school student told BUILD: “Seeing that we’re two years away from the next Olympics, that’s something that makes my heart race a little bit — I miss it a lot.
“I’ve started basic training and I’m hoping to be competing by 2019.”
— Laurie Hernandez (@lzhernandez02) March 29, 2018
The journey back
Hernandez was the youngest member of the Final Five artistic gymnastics gold medal-winning team in Brazil.
She also took silver on the balance beam behind Dutchwoman Sanne Wevers, but ahead of team-mate Simone Biles.
And if she can regain peak condition, that experience could help her strike gold again in Japan.
However, competition is a long way off as Hernandez’s training will be limited in its complexity until she attains full fitness.
“Basic training, for me, it’s going to a regular gym as much as I can and doing workouts that I would usually do at a gymnastics facility.”
“And when I’m home I’m going to a gymnastics facility and doing basics such as kicks and front flips and back flips and stuff. Basically anything to warm my body up.
“I feel like my body’s been in hibernation for two years.”