Gabby Douglas: Can All-Around Champ Make Up for Bars Failure on Balance Beam?
The dream come true that had been Gabby Douglas' London 2012 Summer Olympics got an unfortunate dose of reality on Monday.
Douglas, who became the first African-American to win the women's gymnastics all-around individual gold medal, helped her team grab a gold in the women's team event, as well.
However, her hot streak came to an end as she not only failed to podium but finished dead last in the uneven bar competition.
The 16-year-old Douglas finished eighth out of eight gymnasts vying for the crown. Russia's Aliya Mustafina took the gold, followed by China's He Kexin of China with the silver.
Now Douglas looks to rebound from her setback in the balance-beam event on Tuesday. The event will be her last of these Olympics, and she hopes to go out with a bang.
The balance beam has posed a serious challenge to the U.S. women's team so far.
Douglas, who struggled in training on the beam, has garnered the highest scores out of her teammates in the event.
"Beam has been excellent. If I can just do what I did in the all-around finals or team finals, then I’ll be good," Douglas told the AP (via The Washington Post). "I’m going to get a lot of rest, just rest up, and do a lot of therapies and relax my body and hopefully prepare for that."
After her last-place finish in the uneven bars, it seemed as if the weight of Douglas' Olympic experience, as well as the grueling regimen that follows, had finally gotten to the young gymnast.
However, with one last opportunity to bring her campaign to a satisfying close, Douglas promises to leave it all on the beam in the hopes of tasting Olympic gold for a third time.
"I want to finish strong, and I’m going to do as best as I can,” Douglas said. “Fresh day. Leave on a good note."
Douglas received the highest score on the beam during her all-around individual performance, helping her to beat out Russia's Viktoria Komova for gold. If she can duplicate her solid performance today, she has a tremendous shot at claiming her third gold medal and redeeming her misstep on the uneven bars.
Either way, Gabby Douglas should be proud of what she has accomplished this summer.
Another medal would just be the icing on an already deliciously golden cake.
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