Were you holding your breath last night when the ladies of gymnastics were awaiting their final scores? So was I. And did you start weeping like a fool the moment Team USA’s Gabby Douglas won the gold? Whether you admit it or not, I know I’m not alone in that either. It was an incredible moment. Probably one of the best London has given us thus far.
It’s hard not to love an adorable little gal like Gabby. Just sixteen years old and she’s an Olympic gold medalist. That’s amazing.
The only thing I’ve ever won is second place in an inventor’s contest for a toothbrush that had a tube of toothpaste connected to the bottom of it. When you squeezed the tube, toothpaste would come up onto the bristles. Brilliant right? Or lazy.
Gabby, on the other hand, has accomplished the highest athletic honor one can achieve. And, she beat the Russians! I have nothing against the country of Russia or it’s citizens (I actually really want to learn the language), they just seem crazy-intimidating when it comes to this particular sport. Right? Would you want to go up against Aliya Mustafina in…anything? Dark alley, gymnastic competition, staring contest, ab-off? No, you wouldn’t because she looks 100% ferocious and could take you down with just a glance.
Little miss squirrel, Gabby Douglas, doesn’t get shaken easily though. She threw herself into each routine and practically seemed to float. Her ginormous smile not only put the polish on every flip and tumble, it captured the hearts of a nation, maybe even the world.
Gabby left her home in Virginia Beach, VA to train with Coach Liang Chow in Des Moines, IA for this. Can you imagine leaving your family and your home at such a young age? It blows my mind to see such young individuals risk and sacrifice so much for a shot (just a shot) at winning the gold. Olympics, you make me want to be better. You make me want to work harder.
Gabby, I just want to hug you. And not just because of our shared love of chocolate and “Twilight”. It’s because you kicked the derrieres of the best athletes in the world and you did it with pizazz. Well done.
Congrats to Gabby Douglas, Jordyn Wieber, Aly Raisman, Kyla Ross and McKayla Maroney of the “Fierce Five”. It was an honor to cheer for you, ladies!
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