Gabby Douglas, the first African-American to win the all-around title in gymnastics, is already enjoying the benefits of her fame. Roughly one day after bringing home the gold medal, Douglas has already been featured on the box of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes. USA Gymnastics sent a tweet of Gabby holding her prize to the company, which is a sponsor of the U.S. Olympic Committee.
Although appearing on a box of cereal is a big honor — ask anyone who ever graced the packaging for Wheaties — the 16-year-old Olympian received an even bigger pat on the back when she appeared on the TODAY Show with previous Olympians Mary Lou Retton, Carly Patterson, and Nastia Liukin. She was definitely in good company.
According to the Detroit Free Press, Patterson offered up some sound advice for the young athlete. “You are going to have ‘Olympic champion’ with your name forever,” Patterson told her. “Take the time to soak it all in.”
Douglas has made quite a few sacrifices to get where she is today. At the age of 14, Gabby and her family moved from Virginia Beach to the wilds of Iowa, where she received coaching from Liang Chow.
“It took a lot of hard days in the gym, a lot of drive,” she said to USA Today. “Gold medals are made out of sweat, blood and tears and effort in the gym every day.”
Cereal boxes aren’t the only products that will bear images of Gabby Douglas. Two weeks ago, the young gymnast signed a deal with Procter & Gamble, a company with a plethora of fingers in a host of different pies. Who knows? Maybe four years from now, at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, fans of Gabby will be able to see their hero compete once again. After all, just about anything is possible in four years’ time.