Gabby Douglas, a prolific gymnast representing the U.S. in the 2012 Summer Olympics, has proven herself worthy of being named the best in the world.
Douglas earned the title after winning gold medals in both the individual and team all-around competitions. The 16-year-old Virginia Beach native became the first African American woman to win an Olympic all-around title and fourth American woman to do so.
The road to becoming an Olympic champion came with sacrifices. The teen made a decision to move to Iowa at age 14 to train under renowned coach Liang Chow. The decision took her away from her family and placed her into a host family who she would regard as her second family. Both sets of families were present in the stands cheering her on.
Douglas scored 62.232 points in the competition beating competitors Viktoria Komova and Aliya Mustafina who scored 61.973 points and 49.566 points, respectively.
Aly Raisman finished fourth after losing a tie breaker to Mustafina.
Douglas wanted nothing more than to celebrate with her “families” following her victory.
“I wanted to seize the moment,” Douglas said. “I don’t think it has all sunk in yet. Team finals hasn’t sunk in yet. But it will.”
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