GABBY DOUGLAS #LONDON 2012
The road to success for Gabby Douglas was not easy, however she made Olympic history on August 2, 2012 in London,England. Gabby Douglas earned her bid to the Olympics by coming in First Place at the Olympic Trials July 1, 2012 ensuring her place in the Games.
Gabby Douglas, just 14, pleaded with her mother to let her move cross country, certain a new coach could help her get to the Olympics.>
Not two years after setting out on her own, Douglas beat Russia’s Viktoria Komova for the all-around title Thursday night, becoming the third straight U.S. athlete to win gymnastics’ biggest prize and the first African-American to do so. It was her second gold medal of the London Games, coming two nights after she and her “Fierce Five” teammates gave the United States its first Olympic title since 1996.
“It feels amazing to be the Olympic champion,” Douglas said.
Her win puts her in a special category, too. Mary Lou Retton, Carly Patterson and Nastia Liukin are the only other Americans to win the Olympic all-around gold.
“I haven’t thought about that,” Douglas said. “I just wanted to seize the moment. You have to learn how to enjoy the moment.”
She’s even managed to make Oprah Winfrey cry. Douglas had barely gotten off the medals stand when the talk show maven said on Twitter that she was “so THRILLED for Gabby. Flowing happy tears!!”
HERE’S THE CEREAL BOX …WHAT CEREAL BOX?
Gabby is already on a box of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes. USA Gymnastics sent a tweet with a photo of Douglas holding the box. Kellogg’s is a sponsor of the U.S. Olympic Committee.