Gabby Douglas takes all-around gymnastics gold
Make it a pair of golds for Gabby Douglas, who added the all-around title to the one she won with the U.S. team two nights ago.
Douglas became the third straight American to win gymnastics' biggest prize, taking the lead on the very first event Thursday night and never really letting anyone else get close. She finished with a score of 62.232, less than three-tenths ahead of Viktoria Komova of Russia.
Douglas brought the house down with her energetic floor routine, and U.S. teammates Jordyn Wieber, McKayla Maroney and Kyla Ross jumped to their feet and cheered when she finished. Douglas flashed a smile and coach Liang Chow lifted her off the podium.
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Douglas became the fourth USA Olympic all-around champion in history (Mary Lou Retton 1984, Carly Patterson 2004, Nastia Liukin 2008). U.S. women have won the all-around title at the last three Olympics (Patterson '04, Liukin '08, Douglas '12). Russia's Viktoria Komova and Aliya Mustafina earned silver and bronze with respective scores of 61.973 and 59.566.
"I definitely had this amazing feeling," said Douglas. "I just told myself, ‘Believe. Don't fear, just believe.' I didn't really think about making mistakes. I just wanted to represent everyone, not just myself—Team USA, coaches, family. I wanted to show my best routines and just enjoy the moment."
"She is a very graceful gymnast and also she has the strength and determination," said Douglas' head coach, Liang Chow. "I am totally beside myself. I think it was a wonderful night and for me as a coach, that was a wonderful dream come true—to have an Olympic Champion."
Douglas is the second U.S. woman to win multiple gold medals at an Olympics since Shannon Miller (1996). Douglas competes in the finals for uneven bars on Aug. 6 and balance beam on Aug. 7.
Meantime, Aly Raisman almost added to her Olympic medal haul, but lost the bronze in the women's gymnastics all-around on a tiebreaker.
Raisman and Russian Aliya Mustafina finished with the same score of 59.566, but Mustafina was awarded the bronze because the total of her three highest scores were more than half a point better than Raisman's.
The U.S. women's team captain says she is upset but not angry. She says being the fourth-best gymnast in the world is something to be proud of and she does, after all, already have a gold medal from the team event earlier in the week.
Raisman, who finished with the second-best score during qualifying, struggled on beam. She put her hands down following a front somersault, a rare miscue on her strongest event.
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