#BlackGirlMagic: Gabrielle Douglas Wins Big At 2016 American Cup
20-year-old Olympic champion Gabrielle Douglas kicked off the Olympic year with a big win under her belt for 2016 on Saturday (Mar. 5). Douglas swept the 2016 American Cup, where 12,541 fans were in attendance, before heading to Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games this summer.
“It means the world to me that my fans always come and support me and lift me,” the 20-year-old Virginia native said who had suffered many major injuries and parting ways with her coach Liang Chow. “To have this positive energy and positive vibe, it just means a lot.”
Douglas racked up an impressive winning total of 60.165 at the American Cup, beating out Maggie Nichols and Canada’s Elsabeth Black in every category except the floor exercise.
“From the bottom of my heart, I really believe that I can achieve more,” she said. “And it’s just not for the wrong intentions. I’m like, ‘Guys, I’m back. I’m serious.’ I feel like gradually and the more and more I keep proving that, I really hope that people believe it.”
Douglas is also on the way to making Olympic history as the first Black woman to win the individual all-around gold.
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