As one of the clear frontrunners on this season of Dancing With the Stars, gymnast Laurie Hernandez is already thinking about the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy. When the Olympian stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday, the host asked her where she’d put it if she were to win.
“My [Olympic] medals are in a safe at home because I’m like, ‘No, nobody touch them,’” she revealed. “But then, if, you know, hopefully if I get the Mirror Ball, then I think I’d want to put it in the center of my house just so everyone could see it. But I’d have to ask my mom first. Mom’s house, Mom’s rules.”
And Hernandez is well on her way to snagging a victory. On Monday, she and partner, Val Chmerkovskiy scored a perfect 10 after an emotional performance dedicated to her late grandmother, who passed away the day after she recorded a video message in support of Hernandez.
Following the performance, Hernandez burst into tears
and was comforted by Chermkovskiy on stage. After the show, ET’s Cameron Mathison caught up with the professional athlete to talk about the personal experience.
"It was a little rough," she told ET
. "Val and I were able to create this connection as brother and sister through the past couple weeks, and at this point I needed my brother."
Despite their close connection, Hernandez admitted to Kimmel that she still struggles dancing with a partner.
“For gymnastics we have to be barefoot all the time, and then for dancing we had to go on heels, so I was completely off my center of balance,” she explained. “And also dancing with a partner, I wasn't used to that, so I kept stepping on him and then I head butt him the other day. I also head butt him in the chest and then elbowed him.”
For more from Hernandez’s time on DWTS, watch the clip below!