2012 Summer Olympics Spotlight Series: Gabby Douglas

By Marian Hinton

With just 25 days to go until the 2012 Summer Olympics, Rant Sports is shining the spotlight on some of the athletes who will be representing the United States in London later this month.

In this edition, we introduce you to the American gymnast who is certain to be one of the young Olympic stars this year, Gabby Douglas.

Douglas, the 16-year-old who hails from Virginia Beach, VA, will headline a USA Women’s Gymnastics team who is favored to win the gold medal in London.

The young gymnast won the Olympic Trials by the narrowest of margins, defeating fellow Amercian and reigning all-around World Champion, Jordyn Wieber, by a mere .1 point in the final event, qualifying her for her first Olympic Games.

To make the night even more special, her father, an Air Force Staff Sergeant currently serving in Afghanistan, made it back to the States just in time to see his daughter compete for her first Olympic berth. After she won the event, he proudly stood in the audience, cheering for his daughter, and waiving the US Flag.

Douglas started gymnastics when she was six-years-old. She broke onto the national scene in 2010, and won her first gold medal at the 2011 World Championships in Tokyo as a member of the medal-winning US team.

But 2012 has been the best year of Douglas’ career.

Since the beginning of 2012, Douglas has won 5 medals. She captured 2 gold medals at the Pacific Rim Challenge (team and uneven bars), and a gold (uneven bars), silver (all-around), and bronze (floor exercise) at the Visa Championships.

Now, Douglas has her sights set on Olympic gold, along with fellow gymnasts and teammates Jordyn WieberMcKayla Maroney, Kyla Ross, and Aly Raisman.

Gymnastics is one of the most popular sports in the Olympic Games, and gymnasts are often among the most beloved Olympians. This year proves to be no different, especially with the U.S. team favored to bring home the gold. Gabby Douglas is sure to be one of the brightest stars in London this summer.

 

Join us tomorrow as we preview another amazing athlete who will represent the United States of America in London this summer. 

 

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