SAN DIEGO, August 2, 2012 – With the calm confidence of a seasoned and tough competitor, American Gabby Douglas won the women’s all-around gold medal in gymnastics, holding off her Russian competitors and her American teammate Aly Raisman who took the battle right down to the last event.
Douglas makes it three all-around gold medalists in a row for the United States, joining Nastia Liukin and Carly Patterson along with Mary Lou Retton before them. Like Nastia, Carly, and Mary Lou, Gabby will be on a first name basis as an American athletic celebrity the rest of her life based on this achievement.
Douglas put together four steady, solid performances, including a strong routine on her specialty, the uneven bars, and a good balance beam routine where she has experienced difficulty in the past.
But 2008 Olympic all-around silver medallist Victoria Komova stayed right with Douglas, pushing her through all four rounds of competition and scoring higher than Douglas on uneven bars, also Komova’s best event.
As in many all-around competitions, it came down to the final event, the crowd-pleasing floor exercise. Douglas went first and put together a terrific routine, with a score of 15.033. She was followed by Raisman, the world champion on this event. She scored 15.133. Komova was the final performer, needing the same 15.359 to pass Douglas for the gold medal. Komova had only scored 13.9 in the team final, where the Russians struggled.
Komova put her weak routine behind her and gave her very best, thrilling the crowd both with superb tumbling skills and beautiful lines. She was awarded a score of 15.1, enough to take her second all-around silver medal. The final scores were 62.232 for Douglas, 61.973 for Komova.
American Aly Raisman tied on the scoreboard for third place with Russian Aliya Mustafina, but according to a tiebreaker system that adds up the execution score for both athletes, she was placed in fourth and off the medal stand.
Douglas and Raisman’s teammates from the Fab Five, Kyla Ross, Jordyn Wieber, and Mckayla Maroney cheered them on, shedding a few tears when Douglas finished her routine knowing her victory was at hand.
And what does one teammate do to celebrate another’s victory? Tweet them, of course! Jordyn Wieber, who missed out on competing in the all-around, posted this message to Douglas for the world to see:
@jordynwieber Congrats @gabrielledoug! You are the Olympic all around champion and you deserve it girl! ❤
Douglas seemed to be the calmest person in the room, serene as she watched the American flag raise and the anthem play to celebrate her achievement. Her proud coach Liang Chow let enough tears flow for the both of them.
Douglas and her teammates will return for event finals in the coming days with the opportunity to earn additional medals. Douglas will go up against Komova again for the uneven bars title; Raisman, Douglas, and Kyla Ross will compete in the balance beam final; McKayla Maroney qualified for the vault final; and Jordyn Wieber will be joined by Raisman in the floor exercise final. These events begin on Sunday, August 5.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She writes on professional cycling and covers the Sweet Science for Communities, along with other news in the sports world. Read more Ringside Seat in the Communities at The Washington Times. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego.
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