Congrats to Olympic Gold Medalist Champion Gabby Douglas!
Gabby Douglas became the first African-American woman to win a gold medal for Women’s Gymnastics-Artistic Individual All Around on Thursday at the 2012 Olympics London. This is Gabby’s second Olympic Gold but it is also the first time she won one solo! She won her first with the Fab 5 and Thursday August 2nd marks her 1st solo Gold win! Because of this, Gabby is also the first American gymnast ever to win both the team and individual all-around gold at the same Olympics! She’s the first woman of color and first American gymnast to achieve both historic Olympic Gold medals! Keeping getting those Olympic Gold medals, Gabby! What an inspiration!
“Someone mentioned that I was the first black American (to win the all-around gold), and I said, ‘Oh yeah, I forgot about that!’ I feel so honored,” she said with a laugh.
Competing in a predominantly white sport, Douglas said, “I hope that I inspire people. I want to inspire people. My mother said you can inspire a nation.”
In her final event, the floor, Douglas began her routine to cheers of “Go Gabby!” As her techno music played, she soon turned North Greenwich Arena into Club Gabby.
When Douglas stood in the center of the arena to accept her medal, she said it felt as if she were at a concert. “All those flashes,” Douglas said.
Douglas put on a show, leading from start to finish, beating Russia’s Victoria Komova by .259 of a point. Russia’s Aliya Mustafina took the bronze. American Aly Raisman finished with the same score as Mustafina, but missed the bronze due to a tie-breaker rule that adds the top three of four event scores.
“I’m really happy for Gabby,” said Raisman, the team captain. “She’s been working really hard so I’m really excited for her, but it’s definitely really frustrating because we (Mustafina) tied for third place. I was so close.” (USA Today)
Gabby also lead the US Team to gold with a third of the team’s points too. The US Women’s Gymnastics team (or the Fab Five as they are also known as) includes Mc Kayla Maroney, Kyla Ross, Alexandra Raisman, and Jordyn Wieber.
At age 14, Virgina Beach-native Gabby moved to Des Moines, Iowa to train with coach Liang Chow. A move that was hard on her and her family (mom Natalie Hawkins, two older sisters Arielle & Joyelle Hawkins and brother Jonathan Douglas). Natalie raised her four children as a single mom and spoke with the the media about the sacrifices she made to raise a gold medal gymnast. It was her older sister Arielle that pushed her to go into gymnastics. Arielle taught Gabby how to do a perfect cartwheel which pushed Gabby to begin gymnastics in 2003. Gabby’s family is so proud of her Olympian achievement…
Natalie Hawkins (@livlonglivstrng) – Congratulations to my BabyGirl Gymnast @gabrielledoug 2012 USA OLYMPIAN #Blessed
Thank u everyone for all of the beautiful tweets of congratulations to me, my family & @gabrielledoug !!! We r simply floating rite now!!!
Arielle Hawkins – (@ArieHawk) – Still tryna grasp the fact that my baby sis @gabrielledoug and her teammates are Olympic Gold Champions!!! #SOFREAKINAWESOME!!! #fiercefive!
John Douglas (@dougieFfresh25) – My sis @gabrielledoug was the first African American to win gold in 2012 At London Olympic games
We DID IT @gabrielledoug YOU DID IT sooooo proud of you
Celebrities congratulated Gabby on her historic win too including the President of the United States of America Barack Obama!
Trey Songz – (@TreySongz) – Gabby!!!! Virginia reppppin
Beyonce wrote a note for Gabby on her official website – beyonce.com –
A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS TO 16 YEAR OLD OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST GABBY DOUGLAS – WOW – WHAT A THRILL TO WATCH YOU TAKE THIS GOLD!
I CAN TELL YOU’VE BEEN WORKING HARD FOR SO LONG – ENJOY THIS MOMENT, ITS YOURS.
THANK YOU FOR INSPIRING ALL OF US!
What a talented, determined class act she is!
May I also add that I do NOT understand the obsession with her hair nor do I care much for the nickname Flying Squirrel! Can we call her Golden Gabby!! Firecracker Gabby! Lightening Gabby! She is NOT her hair nor is that nickname the business! It’s a non-factor! to her hard work, skills, and talent!
What I do know that we can all expect to see Gabby on your local newsstand quite soon. If you thought her Sports Illustrated and Time magazine covers were amazing, I predict that this is just the start of beautiful things for Gabby. I got this cute tweet from Twitter – If you take Gabby’s last name Douglas last name and rearrange the letters, it spells USAGold! Here’s another one – 2012 is the new black – a Black POTUS, a Black Miss Universe, a Black Miss Teen USA & a Black all around woman’s gymnastics gold medalist. From CulturalToast.com, congratulations to Gabrielle Douglas – 2012 Olympian Gold Women’s Gymnastics All-Around Champion!
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Posted on August 3, 2012, in Cultural Inspiration, Cultural Spot, Gabby Douglas, Olympics and tagged Gabby Douglas, Gabrielle Douglas, Olympian Gold Medalist Gymnast. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.