WHAT ELSE CAN be said about this remarkable competitor? She’s one of an elite group of African American gymnasts ever to compete in the Olympics and the first to win the gold in gymnastics all-around. Yet people are actually, unbelievably sniping about her hair.
This athletic teen phenom ripped the heart out of the Russian gymnasts who couldn’t catch her, because Gabby was on a trajectory she had visualized so strongly that nothing could shake it from manifesting.
This fierce performer represents the heart of what it takes to not only be in the Olympics, but win gold. Those who do are different. You can see it. We watched it.
The pressure doesn’t crush them, it fuels them.
Sometimes it comes down to mere hundreds of a point in perfection.
It’s cruel, exhilarating, and life altering, but athletes like Gabby Douglas thrive on it.
Anyone who has ever performed among the best knows the feeling, but few have lived the experience of what it’s like to be a gold medal Olympian.
When it was finally over and she’d nailed her floor routine, Gabby’s smile said it all. It had all been worth it and the tears streaming down her mother’s face as she watched from the crowd proved it.