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Gymnast Laurie Hernandez was destined for greatness — and this throwback video proves it

by Eun Kyung Kim / / Source: TODAY

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She’s got this.

A video of Olympic gold medal gymnast Laurie Hernandez, who’s only 16 now, showing off her crazy skills at an even younger age is melting hearts.

The adorable video shows Hernandez nailing a level 4 floor routine with the grace and precision of gymnasts twice her age. It also provides a preview of the elite athlete she would become. Last week, Hernandez helped the U.S. women's gymnastics team earn gold in the all-around competition.

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Laurie Hernandez, then and now.FloGymnastics/Facebook, Getty Images

More than 1.5 million people have watched the pint-sized Hernandez tumbling and flying through the air in the video uploaded to Facebook by FloGymnastics. The post has received more than 18,000 reactions.

“Not surprised she’s an Olympian now,” one person wrote, reflecting what most of the other thousand people said in their comments.

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2016 Rio Olympics - Artistic Gymnastics - Preliminary - Women's Qualification - Subdivisions - Rio Olympic Arena - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 07/08/2016. Laurie Hernandez (USA) of USA competes on the floor during the women's qualifications.Reuters

While Hernandez’s skills have won her gold in competition, her charisma and determination have been winning hearts across the world. She set social media on fire after winking at judges before her floor routine last week. She also whispered “I got this” to herself before hopping on the balance beam and nailing her routine.

RELATED: Laurie Hernandez’s brother wrote her the sweetest note after she won gold

Often referred to as "The Human Emoji" for her range of animated facial expressions, Hernandez will compete for another medal Monday in the individual beam.

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