August 2, 2012 – Gabrielle “Gabby” Douglas Wins Gold
Gabrielle Christina Victoria “Gabby” Douglas became the first African American Woman to win a gold medal in the gymnastic individual all around championship at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England. She is also the first American gymnast to win the gold in individual all around and team competitions at the same Olympic Games. Prior to the 2012 Olympics, Douglas won a Team Gold at the 2011 World Championships.
She secured the only guaranteed position on the Olympic Team by finishing first at the 2012 Olympic Trials. Douglas became the first gymnast to be named Female Athlete of the Year by the Associated Press in December of 2012. She was born on December 31, 1995 in Newport News, Virginia. Douglas is preparing to participate in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.