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"Watching and wishing you strength in your return!" Brie Larson told Laurie Hernandez

By Claudia Harmata
February 28, 2021 03:15 PM
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Laurie Hernandez has made her return to gymnastics!

On Saturday at the Winter Cup, the 20-year-old Olympic gymnast performed a new floor routine in her first gymnastics meet since the 2016 Rio Olympics. For the return performance, Hernandez wore a leotard inspired by Captain Marvel.

"Ok so I told some of y'all that my leos I designed for this year are all inspired by superheroes... here's the first one! @brielarson queen do u approve?? #captainmarvel," Hernandez shared on Instagram after nailing her routine.

Larson, 31, replied on Twitter and "liked" Hernandez's picture. "Consider this my formal stamp of approval!! Watching and wishing you strength in your return!" the Captain Marvel actress wrote.

Hernandez was happy to see she had Larson's approval, writing back, "Ahh thank you! when the pandemic is over... we should play mario kart or zelda together."

"DONE," the Oscar winner replied.

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The gymnast performed a Hamilton-inspired floor routine at the 2021 Winter Cup, landing in 11th place for the exercise.

"You murda'd it! So damn impressive. Congratulations and thanks!" Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr. wrote to Hernandez on Twitter after she asked him and creator Lin-Manuel Miranda what they thought about her routine, which featured "The Room Where It Happens" from the musical.

In addition to her floor routine, Hernandez competed on the balance beam, earning fifth place, according to Sports Illustrated.

Speaking to NBC Sports after the Winter Cup, Hernandez admitted that "it was terrifying to initially go back out there."

She also explained that she went with "super watered-down routines so we could dip my toe back in the water and get the feeling of what it feels like to compete again at such a high level."

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"I'm really excited about how today went, and I think it foreshadows a really good meet season," the athlete added.

Hernandez previously opened up to PEOPLE about needing to take a break from gymnastics after the 2016 Olympics. "After 2016, I really just needed, I think, a mental and physical break from gymnastics," she said in 2019. "But late last year I decided it was my time to come back, and that I missed it dearly."