Olympic 2012: Gabby Douglas Wins The Gold

Olympic 2012: Gabby Douglas Wins The Gold
ESSENCE.COM Aug, 01, 2012

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Gabby Douglas competes on the floor exercise during day four of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Team Trials on July 1st in San Jose, California. It was only the beginning for the young talent dubbed “The Flying Squirrel.” She landed a spot on the U.S. team!

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The Virginia native performs on the uneven bars during the women’s qualification gymnastics event at the London Olympic Games.

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Douglas continued to put on an a

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Douglas competes on the uneven bars during day two qualifications in London. She would go on to land one of two coveted spots in the all-around competition where she’ll compete for an individual medal.

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Gabby executed a near perfect uneven bars routine for the team final on July 31st. She earned a score of 15.200.

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Stretching is key! See the Olympic favorite stretch before her floor routine, which earned her a 15.066 score.

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Douglas completed on the balancing beam during the team finals on July 31st. She earned a score of 15.233.

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Douglas jumps for joy after learning Team USA won the gold.

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The team regroups for a giant hug after hearing the fantastic news. Team USA finished first place and earned a total score of 183.596, leaving top competitors Russia and Romania to take second and third place honors.

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Douglas smiles for the cameras as she’s awarded her first Olympic gold medal. Congratulations!

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(L to R) McKayla Maroney, Jordyn Wieber, Gabby Douglas, Alexandra Raisman and Kyla Ross of the United States women’s Olympic gymnastics team after winning the gold medal. Go fab five!

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Douglas of the United States competes on the balance beam in the Gymnastics Women’s Individual All-Around final on August 2.

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Douglas poses on the podium with her gold medal after winning the women’s individual All-Around final. She’s the first African-American woman in history to win the gold medal for gymnastics. She scored 62.232.

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Less than 18-hours after winning Olympic individual all-around gold at the London 2012 Summer Games, Douglas was on a Corn Flakes box. Experts predict she’ll earn upwards of 10 million in endorsement deals over the next few years.