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Athletes to Watch: Morgan Hurd

Sporting braces and a pair of glasses, Morgan Hurd won a surprise all-around world title in 2017. Born in China and adopted as a baby, she was raised by a single mom, Sherri, in Delaware. Hurd is an avid Harry Potter fan and received a congratulatory tweet from author J.K. Rowling, who called her a “real-life hero in glasses” after her Worlds win. While the world champion in a year following the Olympics does not often have staying power for the next Games, Hurd so far appears that she (like 2013 world champion Simone Biles) has a chance to break the mold. Despite Biles’ return, Hurd is currently a legitimate medal contender for Tokyo, which she proved when she landed on the world podium again in 2018 with the all-around bronze medal.

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Athlete Info

Sport Gymnastics
Height 4'10"
Weight 96
Date of Birth July 18, 2001
Hometown Middletown, DE
Current Residence Middletown, DE

Morgan is a die-hard Harry Potter junkie and after a 2017 event, the books' author J.K. Rowling tweeted, calling her "a real-life hero in glasses". Morgan's reaction was taped by her teammates and in her own words "I started freaking out."


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