Gabby Douglas took home the gold in the all-around gymnastic competition Thursday and is the third straight American Olympian to win the all-around gold.
Douglas has already accomplished more than anyone was ready to believe she was capable of, and she’s done it on a meteoric rise to the top. She’s truly exemplified what it takes to execute perfectly in the most tense and stressful environment possible.
"I don't ever recall anybody this quickly rising from an average good gymnast to a fantastic one," Martha Karolyi, US national team coordinator, said.
Douglas, nicknamed the “Flying Squirrel” for her impressive acrobatics on the uneven bars, has a real chance to earn a third gold medal in the event on Sunday, August 6. She will be competing against Russian standout gymnasts Aliya Mustafina and Viktoria Komova, who she bested in the all-around competition.
The two Russians are considered to be the best in the world on the bars.
Her final chance at more Olympic gold is the balance beam event. She scored very well, with a 15.266 in qualifying round, but will have teammate Aly Raisman and Sui Lu of China standing in her way in this one.
While these may seem like obstacles for Douglas, she’s proven that she’s capable of stepping up and defying the odds in order to secure her dreams. How special would it be for the American teenager if she could continue to defy those odds and take home two more gold medals for her country?
After all, no one expected her to come this far.
This is and will continue to be a truly spectacular story with a very real possibility for more fireworks in London from America’s newest favorite Olympian.
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