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Gabby Douglas 1st Black Olympic Gymnast to Win All-Around Gold

Thu., Aug. 2, 2012 1:36 PM EDT
by A.R. Shaw

Gabby Douglas captured the most prestigious title in women’s gymnastics. The 16-year-old made history by becoming the first black American to win the individual all-around Olympic gold medal. She’s also the first American to win an individual and team gold in the same Olympics.

During the competition, which features the 24 most elite gymnasts in the world, Douglas was flawless. She scored 15.500 or higher in her first three rotations and scored 15.966 on the vault.

After earning a 15.033 in the floor exercise, Douglas faced stiff competition for the gold by Russian gymnast Victoria Komova. But in the end, Komova’s floor score was not enough to knock off Douglas who was perfect during most of the competition.

Douglass now has two gold medals after winning a team medal on Tuesday. She is just the fourth American, along with Mary Lou Retton, Carly Patterson an Nastia Liukin, to capture the all-around title.

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  • http://atlantarofters.blogspot.com The Sanity Inspector

    A remarkable achievement, hats off to her!  Also to Lia Neal and Cullen Jones, on the swim teams.

  • Co11ins2

    Hat’s off to Gabby. She shows that perusing a goal with hard work and dedication WILL pay off!

    And a HUGH shout-out to her Mother who made the ultimate sacrifice by allowing Gabby to leave her and move to another state for TWO years so she could receive the proper training, putting Gabby’s needs before hers.

    AND, let’s not forget Gabby’s host family (who happen to be Caucasian) for opening their home to Gabby for her two year stay. That’s what TEAMWORK is all about.