Gabby Douglas, 16-year-old U.S. gymnast, has become the first African-American woman and the first woman of color to win Olympic gold in the all-around competition.
She achieved these historic feats moments ago at the London Olympics.
Douglas is the same age Mary Lou Retton was when she claimed gold in 1984, and like Mary Lou, Douglas is now destined to become an American celebrity.
Douglas, nicknamed the Flying Squirrel, already won team gold with her fellow U.S.A. gymnasts this week — making her the first U.S. gymnast to win team gold and individual gold in all-around. Another historic feat.
Today in black history: 2012 – Gabby Douglas becomes first black Olympic gold medalist in the Women’s Gymnastics All-Around competition!!
— Richard Nichols (@my5cents) August 2, 2012
For the first time ever, a African-American sits on top of the Women’s Gymnastics World. Way to go Gabby Douglas.
— Comedian J.WIG (@JWIGLIVE) August 2, 2012
Gabby Douglas is the only American who holds an Olympic Team Gold and an Olympic All-Around gold!
— Inside Gymnastics (@InsideGym) August 2, 2012