By: Dr. Rosetta Stith
Gabrielle Douglas, a young lady just 16 years of age captured our hearts and made us all proud of her as America’s golden girl. She is the first African-American to win the Women’s All Around Gymnastics Competition at London’s 2012 Olympics.
She did not quit, even though she had enough hardships to overcome in her young life, and other reasons to do so. However, she was driven and wanted to seize the moment, and wow did she do it! She is only one of three women to reach this level of Olympic success.
What is also phenomenal about ‘Gabby’, is that she is 16 years old, still in high school, and is now America’s Newest Golden Girl.
How will she handle of all the fame, media attention, upcoming endorsements and branding offers?
I think this new fame will not become a problem because of her strong bond with her mother, Natalie Hawkins, her wonderful and supportive family, friends, and her outstanding gymnastic team ( “The Fabulous Five“), and her instructors who will make sure that she has whatever she needs for her new life.
Her success has earned her ‘a bright light and a shining star’ and a path for other girls to follow.
For her new life, I know it will be filled with lots of love, pride, success and well earned dignity.
My congratulatory words for her –
” Thank You Gabby, And You Continue To Go Girl ! ”
- Gabby Douglas’ historic performance thrills Dominique Dawes, ’96 gold medalist (aol.sportingnews.com)
- Gabby Douglas’ Impact Goes Far Beyond Sports (theroot.com)
- Condoleezza Rice – Gabby Douglas is an African-American Hero (top10queen.wordpress.com)
- Gabby does Corn Flakes box (cbsnews.com)
- Forgive them, Gabby, They Know Not What They Do! (brownbetty253.com)
- Thank you Gabby – World class gymnast (eatchocolate.wordpress.com)
- Gabby Douglas Poses with Team USA’s All-Around Gymnastics Champions (people.com)
- America’s Megawatt Sweetheart (nytimes.com)
- Gabby Douglas Makes History As First African-american Woman to Win Gold in Gymnastics (binsidetv.net)
- Gabby Douglas: Lessons Taught By An Olympic Gymnast (rhachellenicol.com)
- Why Gabby Douglas will rise above her hair haters (thegrio.com)
- GABBY’S INFLUENCE: Olympic Games Inspire (whotv.com)
- Gabby Douglas wins Olympic gold in individual all-around (thegrio.com)