Gabby Douglas asked her mom when she was just 14 if she could move across the country to train for the Olympics. Her mom obliged after Gabby received help from her siblings. Two years later, the fruits of her labor have finally come to fruition. The 16-year old American won the gold medal on Thursday in the all-around for women’s gymnastics. She defeated Russian Viktoria Komova to win.
Douglas became the third straight athlete from the U.S. to win women gymnastics’ top individual prize. She also is the first African American to win. This was the second time she has won gold in the Olympic Games, as she won one with her five teammates in the team competition earlier in the week. The team gold medal was the first the U.S. has won in gymnastics as a team since 1996.
Douglas was very pleased with her win, which places her amongst some of the best gymnasts every to represent the U.S. Included in that group are Carly Patterson, Nastia Liukin and the irresistible Mary Lou Retton.A number of people believe Douglas will become the next version of Mary Lou Retton, both on the gymnastic circuit and in the marketing world. American grocery store shoppers can already purchase a box of Corn Flakes adorned with Gabby’s smiling face on the box.
Regardless of whether she cashes in on her marketing opportunities or not, one thing is clear, Douglas is the world’s best gymnast today and will have more chances to win gold in the individual competition.