Friday, August 10, 2012

The Delightful Gabby- Olympic Champion

Since I was a little girl I along with my twin sister Sharon were captivated by two Olympic Sports- Gymnastics and Figure Skating. Sharon had a wonderful dream of being one of the first African American women to be a star gymnast and I an African American figure skater. Growing up in the 1970s and 1980s we did not have skaters or gymnasts who looked like us in the mainstream sports arena. So we did not have sheroes to look up to. Well time moved on and now things have definitely changed. Enter Gabby Douglas! As a member of the U.S. Women's Gymnastics team at the 2012 Summer Olympics, she won gold medals in both the individual and team all-around competitions. Douglas is the first African-American gymnast and first woman of color in Olympic history to become the individual all-around champion, and the first American gymnast to win gold in both the individual all-around and team competitions at the same Olympics. She was also a member of the gold-winning U.S. team at the 2011 World Championships. Sankofa Studio salutes her great accomplishments today!

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