At 16 years old, Gabby Douglas has gotten her Olympic wish. She just made history as the first African-American and the first woman of color to win the all-around title in women’s gymnastics and she’s only the fourth American gymnast to snag the coveted title in the game’s history.
Gabby had previously said she was hoping to become the first woman of color to win the Olympic all-around gold and she wanted to be the first African American female gymnast to win an individual Olympic medal since Dominique Dawes in 1996, saying, “She was one of my inspirations and role models growing up.” Today the “flying squirrel” did just that.
As USA Today reports:
In her final event, the floor, Douglas began her routine to cheers of “Go Gabby!” As her techno music played, she had the crowd dancing as she turned North Greenwich Arena into Club Gabby. Cheers filled the place as she finished, her smile spread even wider as she fell into a bear hug from her coach, Liang Chow.
Today, after two years of training with Liang in Des Moines, all of Gabby’s hard work paid off in London. What an amazing accomplishment at her age. Let the critics take note. Go Gabby!
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