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The Flying Squirrel Wins All-Around Gold Medal

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The 2012 London Olympics will be remembered for the USA dominance in ladies gymnastics. Gabby Douglas known as the "The Flying Squirrel" won the ladies all-around title Thursday night, becoming the third USA lady gymnast to win the all-around in three straight Olympics. 

This is Douglas’s second gold medal of the London Games, coming two nights after she and her "Fierce /Fab Five" teammates gave the USA its first Olympic title since 1996.

Social media has embraced Gabby Douglas, and the African-American community in the USA has made her their own. 

Douglas set the right tone with the very first event she competed: vault doing the difficult "Amanar" a round off onto the takeoff board, back hand-spring onto the table, and 2.5 twisting somersaults before landing. Douglas managed a small hop to the left and then another, putting her dangerously close to the out-of-bounds line. 

Douglas never looked down, but it was clear she knew how close she was, twisting her upper body to the left to absorb the momentum and keep her legs from moving. She stayed in place - and in bounds which gave her a 15.966 and the lead she never relinquished.

Douglas dazzled the O2 Arena in London with her floor routine, flashing a smile. She finished with a score of 62.232, within three-tenths ahead of Viktoria Komova of Russia, who was the runner-up at last year's world championships.

The night belonged to "THE FLYING SQUIRREL" with her million dollar smile, her family in the stands, and all of the USA backing her remarkable run through the 2012 London Olympics.




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