“I have an advantage because I’m the underdog and I’m black and no one thinks I’d ever win,” she said. “Well, I’m going to inspire so many people. Everybody will be talking about, how did she come up so fast? But I’m ready to shine.”
- Gabby Douglas, the first US gymnast to win both individual and team gold medals at the same Olympics, and the first person of color and the first African-American woman to win gold in the gymnastics individual all-around competition.