Gabby Douglas Makes History, Wins Gold In 2012 Olympics Women's All-Around.

Gabby Douglas Takes Gold: First African American To Win Olympics Women’s All Around

U.S. gymnast Gabby Douglas won gold in the 2012 women’s all-around Olympic finals Thursday, making history as Douglas also becomes the first African-American to win the all-around title.

As CBS News reports, the 16-year-old American gymnast became the third straight American to win gold in the women’s all-around competition. She took the lead with the first event and did not give it back, finishing with a score of 62.232, less than three-tenths ahead of Russia’s Viktoria Komova.

Aliya Mustafina and Aly Raisman tied for third, however Raisman lost the tie, giving Mustafina the bronze medal. Douglas and Raisman were both hoping to capture the coveted women’s all-around title, but Douglas was the only one to follow in the footsteps of Mary Lous Retton, Shannon Miller, Carly Patterson, and Nastia Liukin, reports USA Today.

Not only did Gabby Douglas win the gold medal, she became the first woman of color to win the Olympic all-around gold in the individual competition. While Dominique Dawes won a gold medal in the team competition in 1996, no woman of color had ever won in the individual all-around event — until now. Douglas stated of Dawes that, “She was one of my inspirations and role models growing up.”

Gabby Douglas Takes First Place At Women's Gymnastics All-around