Sixteen-year-old Gabby Douglas, one of the most talented female gymnasts in the U.S., qualified for the 2012 Olympics in London after delivering a winning routine in the all-around competition at the U.S. Olympic Trials in San Jose, California on July 1.
Douglas, who won Gold at the 2011 World Championships in Tokyo and Gold at the 2012 Pacific Rim Championships at Everett, gained her automatic Olympics bid after edging out current world champion Jordyn Wieber with a first place score of 123.450 during the American trials.
The Virginia Beach, Va.-born Douglas scored a perfect 16.000 score during the Amanar vault, the artistic first event of the all-around. The African American teen then scored a 15.900 in the uneven bars event, and then scored a 14.850 on the balance beam. She then sealed the all-around victory with a 15.300 on the floor exercise event.
Douglas first began competing in major world events just two years ago when she moved from her home state to train with Liang Chow, famous for training 2008 Gold Medal gymnast Shawn Johnson. Her hard training throughout the past couple of years paid off, as she’ll now represent the U.S. as a favorite to win the Gold in London.
“All of this hard work has definitely paid off,” Douglas told reporters after the event. “I just can’t wait to wear those red, white and blue stripes down my back. It felt like a dream come true.”