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Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas is best known as the first African American to win the individual all-around event. She also won a team gold medal for the U.S. at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
America’s golden girl Gabby Douglas showed early signs of becoming an Olympian at the age of six. She made history in 2012 as the first African American to make the U.S. Olympic women’s gymnastics team since Dominique Dawes in 2000.
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The American-Gymnast.com article reported that Douglas's high-flying skills and high difficulty score on bars liken her to Dawes and enticed her to U.S. women's national team coordinator Martha Karoyli, who nicknamed her "Flying Squirrel."
By 2012, 16-year-old Douglas had proven herself a champion,
going from underdog to Olympian in a short time. She became the subject of significant media attention in the summer of 2012: She was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated in early July of 2012, along with the rest of the U.S. Olympic women's gymnastics team, and on one of five covers released by TIME Magazine that same month.
At the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, Douglas and other members of the U.S. Olympic women's gymnastics team -- Kyla Ross, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Jordyn Wieber -- took home a team gold medal. Fans worldwide watched as judges announced the team's medal win -- the first gold medal for the American women's gymnastics team since 1996.
Douglas went on to compete in the individual all-around event, and became the first African American to win gold in the prestigious event. Following her two golds, she competed in the individual uneven bars and individual beam events, but failed to medal in either, placing eight and seventh, respectively.
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