I’m still high off of Gabby Douglas’ individual all-around Gold Medal win at the 2012 Olympic Games held in London. She is the first African-American woman to achieve this outstanding accomplishment. Congratulations Gabby! Her win took me back to can the days of watching Dominque Dawes; so graceful, beautiful, poised, and athletic. My mom reminded me just last night of the time we saw Dominique in the airport, I was in awe. When I saw this tweet from Dominique Dawes…
A ridiculously, toothy grin appeared! My teen gymnastic favorite congratulating my adult gymnastic favorite, I beamed with joy! There was a collective “YES” heard round the world via social networks when news of Gabby’s history setting win was announced, but there was one important component missing. We didn’t actually see Gabby win it all. Just like millions of others I had a late night rendezvous with my television and watched her do what she does best. My ugly cry came out when Gabby stood on the platform shining her adorable smile like a lighthouse for the entire world to see. It was a beautiful moment!
Today, one of my favorite editorial sites, Beauty Is Diverse had a few of the pictures from Time Magazine’s Summer Olympic Special Issue which I loved! I did a little digging and found all of the images from the issue on Time Magazine’s site. Check them out below.
Martin Schoeller did a phenomenal job displaying Gabby’s poise, athleticism and unforgettable smile. I loved how he placed her in her natural environment with her little sisters and showcased what she loves, gymnastics. Gabby’s mom, Natalie Hawkins allowed her to move 1,200 miles from her Virginia Beach home in 2010 to West Des Moines, Iowa at 14 to live with Missy Parton to train with legendary gymnastics coach Liang Chow and the rest is history; literally.
Congratulations Gabby, you are a CHAMPION!
p.s. Want to read more about Gabby’s journey? Click here for an outstanding article in The New York Times.
Photo Source: Time Magazine