The Flying Squirrel took flight into Olympic history. I so admire Gabby ! She is fantastic and has a great smile on life. I can stay hours watching the gymnastics, I am always in awe to see such grace, strength, flying, acrobatic skills…Thos girls are gifted but are a lesson of tenacity, hard work and nervous strength..Gabby Douglas became the third straight U.S. gymnast to win an Olympic all-around gold medal on Thursday. She tallied 62.232 points to win the gold medal.
It is the second gold medal for her. She played a huge role in helping Team USA clinch its first team gold medal in women’s gymnastics since the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. With her bright smile and carefree personality, Gaby is certain to become a media sensation akin to Mary Lou Retton after she claimed an all-around gold medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.
What stands out most about Gaby completing her meteoric rise to the top of the gymnastics world is how easy she made it look in the all-around competition. She made no major mistakes to threaten her lead on any apparatus. She set a perfect tone for herself from the beginning.
There are so many historical milestones involved in Gaby winning the all-around. She became the first U.S. gymnast to win an all-around gold medal and team gold medal during the same Olympics. She is also the first African-American gymnast to win an all-around gold.