Today is a good day to be a USA gymnastics fan.
Gabrielle Douglas, 16, became the third American in a row to win gold in the women's individual all-around finals on Thursday, and the first African-American woman to achieve the feat. She led the competition from start to finish en route to 62.232 final score and, despite a tough challenge from the opposition, never looked like she would buckle under the pressure.
Russians Viktoria Komova and Aliya Mustfina finished second with 61.973 and third with 59.66, respectively. Mustfina actually wound up tied with Aly Raisman, but she earned the bronze over her American counterpart thanks to a somewhat peculiar new tiebreaker rule.
"It is very special. It gives us the momentum," the 4-foot-11 Douglas told the Associated Press (via NBC). "It keeps going, it keeps flowing. It gives us, definitely, a little bit of an edge thinking that we are truly the best in the world. It gives us that little bit of a push."
The Associated Press has more on Douglas’ big win in the video below.
And here is her routine via SportsGrid: