Youngster Hezly Rivera earns spot on 2024 Paris Olympics team

Hezly Rivera, 16, has been named to the 2024 Paris Olympics team after an impressive performance at the recent Olympic Trials in Minnesota. Rivera, who scored 111.15 and placed fifth, will be the youngest member of Team USA, poised to make her Olympic debut alongside seasoned veterans such as Simone Biles, Sunisa Lee, Jordan Chiles, and Jade Carey.

The teenage gymnast from New Jersey is over a decade younger than Biles, whom NBC playfully pointed out she cannot legally drive, let alone attend the Olympics without accompaniment. Rivera will be an exciting addition to the team, helping the U.S. seek redemption after taking silver in the previous Tokyo Olympics.

The 16-year-old gymnast will be following in the footsteps of Laurie Hernandez, another New Jersey native who earned a silver medal at the Rio Games in 2016. Rivera's debut will be a must-watch event, especially since she has already established herself as a rising talent in the senior women's division with her Winter Cup gold on the beam.

The Paris Games will be an incredible platform for Rivera to showcase her skills among the world's best gymnasts. While she may be the youngest member of Team USA, Rivera's determination and skill have paid off, and she is eager to represent her country on the global stage.

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