She flipped, tumbled and smiled her way into our hearts in 2012.

And now Gabby Douglas ends the best year of her life by turning 17 years old. That's right, it's the Gold Medalist's birthday! Send in your very best wishes to the Olympian now!

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Olympic gymnastics champion Gabby Douglas was selected The Associated Press' female athlete of the year for 2012, edging out swimmer Missy Franklin.

''I didn't realize how much of an impact I made,'' said Douglas, 16, the first African-American to win the Olympic all-around title, gymnastics' biggest prize.

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