“I have an advantage because I’m the underdog and I’m Black and no one thinks I’d ever win,” she said. “Well, I’m going to inspire so many people. Everybody will be talking about, how did she come up so fast? But I’m ready to shine.”
-Gabby Douglas, NY Times
Gabby, First American (not just African-American) ever to win the team gold and the all-around gold in the same Olympics.
I was first introduced to Miss Gabby Douglas when she made the team. A reporter asked her to do her happy dance, and she performed the dougie.
When a man has a great accomplishment, he is celebrated. With a female, it seems like we always diminish her accomplishments by making reference to her physical appearance.
In Gabby’s case it is her hair. I am also annoyed that they show Gabby’s “two moms,” and little about her father who serves in the Air Force.
I love how Gabby is amazingly talented, AND has a great bubbly personality. She is funny, laid back and just loveable.
Congratulations Miss Gabby Douglas!!