Meet the up-and-coming star of the USA women’s gymnastics team who helped keep their long-standing win streak at the World Championships alive in her first-ever appearance at the competition.
Newcomer Morgan Hurd, 16, stepped up to the mat for the women's all-around competition when Ragan Smith, the reigning U.S. national champion, injured her ankle during warm-ups.
Hurd, who was adopted as a toddler from China, competed and took home her first-ever gold medal in the individual all-around final in Montreal, Canada, on Sunday.
5 fun facts about Morgan Hurd
1. She loves Harry Potter
The young gymnast is a big Harry Potter fan and her recent gold medal performance captured the attention of the magical author herself, J.K. Rowling.
That feeling when @jk_rowling tweets at you...October 8, 2017
2. She shares her July 18 birthday with National Hamilton Day.
The talented gymnast shared her complete competition pump-up playlist with ESPNW, and it included a variety of Lin-Manuel Miranda's songs from the hit Broadway musical. Earlier this year, she also shared a video of her and a friend lip-syncing one of the songs.
3. Hurd's Twitter handle shows off her nickname, Morgi.
4. In 2014, Hurd live-blogged the very same competition that she won the all-around title for on Sunday evening.
came up on my Timehop today. I had got up at 6 to watch worlds in China and am now competing...the most surreal feeling ever. so honored pic.twitter.com/ueMEi4T2FJ— morgan hurd (@morgihurd) October 5, 2017
5. Hurd was featured on the cover of International Gymnast magazine when she was just 15.