Virginia Beach native Gabby Douglas brings home the gold in women’s all-around gymnastics competition

Gabby Douglas wins the gold at the 2012 London Olympics in the women's all around gymnasticsVirginia Beach native Gabrielle Douglas captured the gold – and our hearts – in an exceptional showing at the 2012 London Olympics during the women’s all-around gymnastics competition on Thursday. Maintaining her lead throughout the event, the 16-year-old was an amazing display of poise, confidence and athleticism as she soared through the air, giving explanation to her nickname, “The Flying Squirrel.” After edging out her competitors, Russia’s Viktoria Komova and Aliya Mustafina, as well team-mate Aly Raisman, Gabby shared her thoughts on her historical win (she is the first African-American to capture the title), “It is everything that I thought it would be. Being the Olympic champion is definitely an amazing feeling and I give all the glory to God. It’s kind of  a win-win situation; the glory goes up to Him and the blessings fall down on me.” During her post-win interview, Gabby said she knew she delivered a clean routine and that she “had the gold.”  Despite her confidence, she described the moments leading up to finding out her score as “nerve-wracking.”  Summing up the meaning of her win for herself and her family, the well-spoken and wise beyond-her-years teen stated, “It means so much. All the hard work, dedication and effort put into the gym and hard days. The hard days are the best because that’s when champions are made. So if you push through the hard days, you can get through anything.”

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