American gymnast Gabby Douglas definitely has something to smile about after adding another gold medal to her 2012 London Olympics memorabilia. The Flying Squirrel won her second gold medal after competing in the individual all-around final on day six of the London 2012 Olympic Games on Thursday. She and her Fierce Five teammates brought the United States their first gold medal for gymnastics in the Olympics since 1996.
Douglas, 16, is now the third American in a row to win the biggest prize in gymnastics, the Associated Press reported. She took an early lead on Thursday and her competitors were not able to come close. The news site added that Olympian finished with an overall score of 62.23, beating Russia's Viktoria Komova who was less than three-tenths behind Douglas.
Douglas was able to bring the gold home to America after she started out strong in her vault, receiving a 15.966, and an electric floor routine helped her clench the top prize.
"I love this routine," the AP quoted her as saying. "I can express myself."
Though her competitor Komova's floor routine was impressive, she was not able to get ahead of Douglas and left the floor with head down and tears streaming down her face after seeing her scores, the AP reported.
Douglas remained cool, and the rest of her teammates jumped up and down, celebrating their teammate's victory.
But Douglas' road to the Olympics almost didn't happen. The AP stated that the Olympian had to convince her mother, Natalie Hawkins, to leave her home in Virginia Beach, Va., to train with Shawn Johnson's coach from 2008, Liang Chow. Her sisters rallied together to convince their mother to allow Douglas to train with Chow.
Between Douglas' remarkable start vaulting, living up to her nickname, The Flying Squirrel, and floating along the uneven bars to energetically give an unforgettable performance when she performed on the arena floor, it's no surprise that Gabby Douglas took home the gold medal for All-Around in the 2012 London Olympics.
"I wanted to seize the moment," Douglas said to the AP. "It hasn't sunk in yet. Team finals hasn't sunk in yet. But it will."