In London Olympics’ women gymnastics Gabby Douglas won gold medal while Jordyn Wieber flopped completely
Young American artistic gymnast Gabby Douglas has done her nation and African Americans proud. She is the first African American to ever win a gold in all-around. At just 16 years of age, it is an incredible achievement.
At the Summer Olympics 2012 in London, Douglas has taken home gold medals in both individual and team contests. She is now a hero and role models for millions of kids back home in the US. Commentators have praised her stunning rise from a bundle of nerves to a positive star over the last few months. Douglas came up with a great show in the Games. She beat Russian standout gymnasts Victoria Komova and Aliya Mustafina. The American beat Komova by .259 in the white-dominated sporting event. Mustafina took home the bronze medal.
A Spirited Gymnast
Gabby Douglas is highly spirited and excited in her sport. She started her practice in gymnastics when she was just six-year-old. Turning eight, Douglas grabbed an all-around gymnastics title for her dazzling performance at the 2004 Virginia State Championships. As of now, she is the Apple of all Americans eyes. The African-American has showed scintillating performance at the London Olympics 2012. Being a devout Christian, Douglas passes on all her wins to God. In an earlier interview, the young gymnast reportedly said that “all the glory” for her wins goes “to God.”
Record breaker at London Olympics 2012
Thanks to her breath-taking performance in the ongoing Olympics 2012, Douglas has made some unforgettable records. As much touted, the gymnast is now the first African-American athlete to win individual all-around competition in Olympics. She is also the first woman of color in history to make the performance. Moreover, Douglas is the first American gymnast to take home golds in both individual all-around and team contests in the same Olympics.
Informed that she was the first black American to win the all-around gold medal, the athlete responded, “Oh yeah, I forgot about that!’ I feel so honored. I hope that I inspire people. I want to inspire people. My mother said you can inspire a nation.” Well, Douglas has become an overnight celebrity in the U.S. as she could pierce a dent in the predominantly white sport.
Future of the Artistic Gymnast
Indeed, Gabby has a bright future in gymnastics. Her show in London Olympics 2012 is merely the beginning. She has much to do. And, of course, she can bring more fame to the U.S. in future championships and Olympics. Brought up in Virginia Beach, Gabby Douglas first had a fight with her mother to enter into the gymnastics. Like all mothers, her mother too said ‘no’ at first. But, she relented and gave permission for the girl to go to gym as her two older sisters lobbied on.
The result is a dedicated and enthusiastic artistic gymnast for the country. She has already proved her worth with gold medals in London. After the win, Douglas told to reporters that she never broke down in the competition. Never did she shed tears and always enjoyed competitions with a calm and confident performance.