Gabby Douglas flipped her way into Olympic history Thursday as the pint sized gymnast won a Gold Medal in the individual all-around finals.
In doing so, she became the third straight U.S. gymnast to win an Olympic all-around gold medal, the first U.S. gymnast to win an all-around gold medal and team gold medal during the same Olympics and the first African-American gymnast to win an all-around gold.
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Douglas beat out Russian gymnast Viktoria Komova for the gold (she ended up with silver), while her teammate Aliya Mustafina won bronze over Aly Raisman.
This marks the second gold medal for Douglas during the London Games. She helped bring Team USA into gold medal standing, a first since the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. So what does this mean for her future?
Douglas is poised to become the biggest star since Mary Lou Retton. That smile alone is enough to make Madison Avenue swoon, and her personality might just be bigger than she is. (She claims she used to be shy, but it doesn’t seem possible listening to her chatter and giggle.) Throw in her sweet and sentimental backstory, and her two gold medals certainly won’t be her only riches. (via CBS News)