Gymnast Gabrielle “Gabby” Douglas is just 16 years old and she has already made history. MAJOR history.
They don’t call her “The Flying Squirrel” for nothing!
After winning the Women’s Individual All-Around final on Day 6 of the 2012 Olympic Games in London, young Gabby became the first African-American Olympic (male or female) to do so.
She also became the fourth American woman and fourth consecutive American to win the all-around, after Mary Lou Retton in 1984, Carly Patterson in 2004 and Nastia Liukin in 2008.
On Thursday Gabby won her second gold medal in just 48 hours, coming on the heels of the U.S. women’s team championship on Tuesday.
And get this — Douglas still has two more chances for medals. She has qualified for the uneven bars and balance beam event finals.
Lil’ back story: Gabby left her family behind in Virginia Beach when she was just 14 years old to move to Iowa to train with coach Chow (who had coached the Olympic champion Shawn Johnson). And even though that big move was hard for her and her family, the two gold medals Gabby has earned so far proves that it was all worth it!
Think I’ll go see if I can still do a back handspring. Congrats to Gabby! And many mooooreee…