WAWA, Pa. – Most pro athletes happily proclaim that they’re going to Disney World after a big win, but it looks as if Olympic gold-medal-winning gymnast Laurie Hernandez is on her way to Wawa.
Following the dominating performance of the U.S. women’s gymnastics team earlier this week, Hernandez’s brother, Marcus Hernandez, posted a selfie his sister took with her gold medal, along with a message ending, “As soon as you land we’re going straight to Wawa.”
This isn’t the first time that the 16-year-old Olympic phenom – or her brother -- have sung Wawa’s praises on social media; the siblings have both Instagrammed photos of Wawa’s signature hoagies and beverages in the past.
No word yet on which Wawa location the New Jersey native will visit once she’s back stateside, but Wawa is no doubt ready to roll out the red carpet. According to Wawa spokeswoman Lori Bruce, the company is thrilled to be the Olympic champion’s favorite.
"On behalf of the entire Wawa team, we want to extend a huge congratulations to Laurie on this incredible achievement," Bruce said. "We’re so honored and humbled to be a part of this hometown hero's life."
The selfie I get from my sis right after she competed even though I haven't even watched it yet on NBC. But anyways I am so proud of who you are and what you've accomplished. We were talking about this being a possibility a decade ago and to see it actually happen is too much for me to handle. It's blowing my mind how the same little girl I used to see doing flips on my bed at age 6 now has a gold medal. I have seen you deal with so much adversity with the sport over the last several years and to finally see your hard work culminate makes it all worth it. You're the toughest little 16 year old I've ever met and I'm not saying that just cause I'm a proud bro. Remember to give God his glory always! Love you sis and can't wait to see you kill it Monday as well. As soon as you land we're going straight to Wawa