History was made in London on Thursday. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, one of the gymnasts competing did something that has never been done before. Most of us will be waiting until tonight to find out the results of all-around individual gymnastics competition, watching the tape delayed airing. But while we’ll all be able watch the historic moment later, this particular moment has already happened. Oh, and it is good. Really good.
What happened? Click through to find out who the big winner was…
Sixteen-year-old Gabby Douglas won the gold! It’s not just a big deal because she won the most coveted individual award in the gymnastics world, but because she is the first African-American, in fact the first woman of color, to ever win the Olympic all-around gold medal.
Gabby is the fourth American in history win the all-around, following in the well-trained footsteps of Mary Lou Retton, Shannon Miller and Nastia Liukin. Yes, those are some pretty big names to share the honor with.
The young gymnast reportedly had dreams of becoming the first African-American to win the Olympic all-around. The last time an African-American had won a gold medal at all was Dominique Dawes in 1996. “She was one of my inspirations and role models growing up,” Douglas said of the champion. And now Gabby Douglas will be an inspiration and role model to oodles of young girls with gymnastic dreams.
Congratulations Gabby and the rest of Team USA!
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