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Here [Are Highlights From] Gabby Douglas’s Floor Routine In The Gymnastics All-Around (Warning: Spoilers Ahead)

16-year-old American gymnast Gabby Douglas was a fan favorite from the get-go at the London Olympics. The smile, the personality, the Flying Squirrel nickname, the “being good at gymnastics and helping the U.S. win a team gold medal” thing – she had it all. She wasn’t done, though – today came the individual all-around competition. This, of course, has happened, but hasn’t aired on television in the United States yet, so if you don’t want to know what happened, do not read any further and probably just leave this post (and all of the internet) until you watch tonight. And with that said…

Just making sure: do you not want spoilers? Because spoilers are coming up. You’re good? OK.

Warning: Spoilers coming up

Douglas won the gold. Victoria Komova of Russia took silver, while Komova’s countrywoman Aliya Mustafina won bronze. It’s a huge moment for Douglas for several reasons: 1) well, duh, she just won a damn Olympic gold medal; 2) she’s the first American woman to win golds in both the team and individual all-around events; 3) she’s the first African-American woman to win the all-around individual title, period.

Putting aside the firsts, though, it’s an enormous achievement for Douglas, period – and, since she’s 16, it might just be the first of many. Not bad for not being able to get a driver’s license in some states. And to see what went into Douglas’s gold, you can check out the video below, of her floor routine – after which these announcers seemed to think there was no chance she could lose the gold. It was close, but in the end, they were right. A major star has definitely been born. Selected highlights from her gold-clinching floor routine below.

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Getty photo, by Streeter Lecka

  • Jan

    Incredible. My hats off to you Gabby Douglas. What a stupendous performance. 

  • AJ

    She took my breath away!
    Simply the best!

  • Sharon

    Gabby is incredible – so electritric — what a performance. Congratulations to Gaby and her Moma nd family and the USA!!!

  • Art W.

    Gabby Douglas -  Amen!  Amen!  Amen!!!!!

  • Marnu

    An Amazing Girl with such great TALENT.  You Go Miss Lady!!

  • Bckrd1

    Beautiful job. You  make us proud.

  • CCB

    Great Job Gabby!!!

    You just gave a lot of little grils the power to dream and believe.  

  • cgc

    Fantastic Gabby – a true highlight of these Olympic Games!

  • Mecca Ali

    I absolutely loved it…Proud of her and the entire USA women’s gymnastic team.  16 & Terrible, in the most terrific, most oxy moron[ic] way.  They, and particularly Gabby, were a joy to watch!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/W7QWBPS474RHIWGU2UJYEGLVHM Omg!

    I am just simply overwhelmed with pride for little Gabby and the USA gymnastics team!

  • Selimap567

    Awesome glory to give to her creator , God!


    God bless the entire olympic team…worldwide.  Not many of us have the drive, determination and skill to compete.  To the winners in each country, well-done.
    To the USA you ROCK.  Gabby Douglas — thanks for believing in yourself…. not
    as a black person but as a person… dreams are for any color.  LISTEN UP AMERICA

  • gabs

    I love gabby! and she loves god! she truly inspires me. “i give the glory to god and god rains blessings down on me”

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