Gabby Douglas has become the pride of the Olympics for winning two gold medals, one with her teammates, and the second for her solo competition, Thursday (July 2). The win, put the 16-year-old in the record books as the first Black woman to snag an individual gymnastics title, and only the fourth U.S. woman to earn Olympic gold in an all-around title, and the support continues to roll in.
Condolezza Rice has followed in the footsteps of President Obama in offering congratulations to the teen. “[I am] Proud of their team gold and thrilled for Gabby Douglas and her momentous accomplishment as the first African-American to win the individual all-around gymnastics title, ” she told TMZ.
Douglas remained in first place throughout the individual competition, dazzling on the uneven bars, and offering a nearly perfect routine on the balance beam. “It took a lot of hard days in the gym and determination, passion and drive,” she said on the TODAY show Friday (Aug 2). At 14, Douglass moved from her hometown of Virginia Beach, Va. to Des Moines, Iowa to train with coach Liang Chow. Douglas stayed with a host family during that time, and sees the medal as a representation of her unwavering dedication. “Gold medals are made out of your sweat, blood and tears, and effort in the gym every day, and sacrificing a lot that you have to do.”
Her win has also caught the attention of Dominque Dawes ,who was the first Black woman to win an Olympic gold medal in gymnastics, during the 1996 games in Atlanta.
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