She has made the impossible possible. Gabby Douglas wins women’s gymnastics Olympics all-around 2012. Watch video highlights
Gabby Douglas has proved her worth once again. After a perfect show in the team event where the US team won the gold medal, the lanky American gymnast has finally done her whole country proud by bagging the Olympic gymnastics gold medal in all-around event.
With her impeccable performance throughout the Games she had added to her already huge fan base, and now with such outstanding performance and a gold medal, she has certainly qualified to be called the best gymnast the United States of America has ever produced.
Earlier there were many who criticised her when Jordyn Wieber, her more famous teammate, was removed from all-around finals. The Olympic rule that only two top performing members of a team can move forward to the final in case several team members perform well, ensured that she was unable to move to the finals.
But the US team failed to bag one more medal, where Russia won silver and bronze.
The competition was very close till the end and the American gymnast succeeded with 62.232 points, just 0.259 ahead of Russia’s Viktoria Komova, whose teammate Aliya Mustafina took the bronze on 59.566. Aliya Mustafina must be disappointed for being delegated to third spot as she too was expected to win the gold in all-around.
Douglas, who grabbed team gold with the US Tuesday, put in a final floor performance of 15.033, leaving Komova needing at least 15.359. Komova, 17, put in a dazzling routine, rounding off with a near-perfect double pike, but the judges ruled it was worth only 15.100.
Women gymnastics is one of the highest watched sport in the Olympics and the entire venue held its breath until the scores were announced, sending Douglas into ecstasy and reducing Komova to tears.
The little squirrel as she is commonly known, under Coach Chow’s tutelage, competed in her first elite meet at the 2010 Covergirl Classic in Chicago, IL. That same year, she also competed in the Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup, where she placed fourth in all-around. She made her senior debut in 2011. She qualified to her first Senior National Championships in St. Paul, MN. At nationals, Gabby became the 2011 Bronze Medalist on Uneven Bars and earned a spot on the 2011-2012 Senior National Team. Within a year of joining the senior, she has won two Olympics, one with the team and another an individual all around gold.