Oh yes she did, Gabby Douglas wins the Gold! Gymnast Gabby Douglas of Virginia Beach, VA has won the women’s gymnastics all-around title at the London 2012 Olympic Games, becoming the first African-American competitor ever to do so. It’s a huge victory for the 16-year-old petite powerhouse and the country, giving the United States its third consecutive Olympic all-around championship, according to NBC reports.
Douglas was in first after each rotation, scoring a 15.5 on the balance beam and finishing with a total score of 62.232. Her score toped silver medalist Viktoria Komova of Russia. Aly Raisman of the U.S. had the same score as bronze medalist Aliya Mustafina of Russia, but Raisman lost the execution score tiebreaker, so she didn’t medal.
According to an article in Huffington Post, Gabby’s Mom Natalie Hawkins was quoted as saying “there’s no greater joy than for a parent to see their child reach their dream,” she says. And reality is just starting to kick in. “I’ve raised an Olympian! Wow, that’s a powerful statement right there.”
Hawkins said, at 3-years-old, Gabby did perfect cartwheels with straight legs. Her older sister Arielle begged Natalie to sign the young star up for gymnastics class. Reluctantly but, fortunately after four years Natalie gave in. After training for four years in Virginia, she decided to send her daughter 3,000 miles away to Des Moines, Iowa to receive coaching from Liang Chow, who coached another Olympian Shawn Johnson. And as they say the rest is history!