Gabby Douglas became the first African American to win an All-Around Title, earning another gold medal for the US Women’s Gymnastics team. This was her second gold medal in 48 hours, she won her first for the Team Championships.
It was Team USA vs Russia as their Viktoria Komova and Aliya Mustafina fiercely competed for the top spot with Douglas and Aly Raisman. Although Raisman did wonderfully on the beam, Komova and Mustafina edged her out taking the Silver and Bronze, respectfully. I have to again give props to Aliya again for being more than happy with third place, while Viktoria chose to cry over her second place finish. Ah, the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.
Gabby and Aly were cheered on by their friend Jordyn Weiber, (who if I didn’t mention I would be tracked down by NBC‘s commentators and talked at to death), and former Olympians Nastia Liukin and Carly Patterson.
It warmed my cold, dead heart to see Gabby’s mom Natalie Hawkins crying over her daughter’s win. Gabby is getting support from all around and from celebs like Beyonce.
Bey posted on her blog:
“A huge congratulations to 16 year old Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas – WOW – what a thrill to watch you take this Gold! – enjoy this moment, its yours. Thank you for inspiring all of us! Love, B.”
Douglas and the other girls on the team got personal phone calls from President Obama, solidifying their status as Olympic rock stars.