Rakin’ in Olympic Gold: Gabby Douglas Wins Gold Medal in Women’s Gymnastics Individual All-Around
Kulture Kritic previously reported on how Gabby Douglas helped lead the U.S. women’s gymnastics team to gold, now Douglas can add an individual gold medal to the team medal she already wears around her neck.
Douglas’ earlier stellar performance led the U.S Women’s team, or the “Fierce Five, as they’re being called, to victory in the team finals:
Sixteen year old Gabby Douglas and Jordyn Wieber led their team to gold with near perfect performances.
Wieber set a strong tone by earning 15.933 points, and Douglas one-upped her, garnering a 15.966. Then McKayla Maroney’s compact, two-and-a-half flip produced an incredible 16.233 and energized the U.S. team. And that energy sent shockwaves through the crowd, whose eyes remain fixed on the team throughout the competition.
And Gabby Douglas is still bringing home the gold for the good ‘ol U.S. of A. Known as the “Flying Squirrel” by teammates for the way she glides through the air almost effortlessly, the 16 year old Douglas defeated Russian gymnast Victoria Komova, who took silver. Bronze went to Aliya Mustafina of Russia by way of a tiebreaker since American Aly Raisman finished with an identical score of 59.566.
Douglas began with a 15.966 on the vault, then scored a 15.733 on the uneven bars, 15.500 on the beam and closed with a 15.033 on the floor.
Mary Lou Retton was the first American woman to win an all-around title in 1984. Douglas’ win marks the fourth time an American woman has won the event.
Douglas’ teammate Jordyn Wieber had been favored to win the competition, but we should all remember what Gabby Douglas said right before the opening games: “Don’t count me out.” Truer words were never spoken.
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