Fresh off her amazing Olympic wins in the team and individual gymnastics events, Gabby Douglas is already on a box of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes!
It’s a great honor for the 16-year-old Douglas, a.k.a. the Flying Squirrel, who fittingly trains in Des Moines, Iowa, the heart of corn country.
Gabby Douglas hair controversy aside, she’s won nothing but praise for her efforts on the bars, vault, beam and floor over the past week.
Gabby helped the U.S. to the team gold earlier in the week, then became just the fourth American (after Mary Lou Retton, Carly Patterson and Nastia Liukin) and first African-American woman to win the individual all-around gymnastics crown.
After her final routine, the floor exercise, she had to wait for her final competitor, Victoria Komova of Russia, to see if her top score would hold up.
“I was like okay … do I have the gold? Do I have the silver? What do I have? My heart was pounding,” Douglas said in a Today show interview.
Douglas also reminisced about the road she took to the gold medal, moving at 14 from her Virginia Beach, Va., home to Iowa for coaching.
“It took a lot of hard days in the gym, a lot of drive,” she said. “Gold medals are made out of sweat, blood and tears and effort in the gym every day.”
Well earned, Gabby. Well earned!