However, Laurie was told two days after — on Friday.
“He actually covered my ears while the package was playing,” Laurie said of Val during the show. “I still cried a little bit, but without him I would have probably not been able to dance as well as I did today – or even dance at all.
She adds, “Tonight was a little hard. Some times you just don’t know what to say. So instead of saying anything, I danced my way through it.”
Val also shared, “The reality is that her grandma was so proud of her and as a person at that age, I think the most peace you get is by seeing what you leave behind and the legacy you leave behind and to see your granddaughter represent her country and her family and herself with so much dignity and pride and strength is an absolutely incredible feeling for her grandma.”
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