Just last year, 16-year-old Gabrielle Douglas won our hearts, in addition to winning gold medals in the team all-around and the individual all-around gymnastics competitions during the Summer 2012 Olympics. She made history as the first African American woman to win the individual all-around event and now, she’s preserving that history. The now 17-year-old Olympic gold medalist has chosen to donate some of her Olympic items to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C., reports the Associated Press.
Among the items that she will be donating will be the leotard that she wore during her premiere competitive season in 2003, her Olympic credentials, as well as the wrist tape and bar grips that she wore during the 2012 Olympics. In addition to her items, she will be donating the ticket her mother used to get into the event and candid photographs.
The items will be put on display Friday at the National Museum of American History and will reappear at their final destination, which is the National Museum of African American History and Culture when it opens to the public in 2015.
The news comes just after the Virginia native appeared at the 2013 Screen Actors Guild awards in Los Angeles, looking absolutely stunning in a purple David Meister Signature dress. She attended as People Magazine’s special invited guest.
“Thank you @peoplemag for an incredible night at the SAG Awards!” she tweeted.
It’s really cool that she has decided to donate those items to the museum as opposed to hoarding them for herself, which she’d be totally justified in doing. It seems that the sky is truly the limit for Gabby. We’re very happy for the young Olympian and even more excited that she continues to be recognized. We can’t wait to see what she will accomplish next!
Jazmine Denise is a news writer for Madame Noire. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise
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