Gabrielle Douglas Wins AT&T American Cup To Start Olympic Year

Gabby Douglas’ Road to Rio ran through the Prudential Center on Saturday, where most of the 12,541 fans in attendance at the 2016 AT&T American Cup seemed to be part of her personal cheering section.

“It means the world to me that my fans always come and support me and lift me,” the 20-year-old Virginia native said. “To have this positive energy and positive vibe, it just means a lot.”

“I’m stronger now than in 2012,” said Douglas, who is aiming to become the first Olympic all-around champion to return to the Games since Nadia Comaneci in 1976 and 1980… [+]

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No, but do you realize how BIG today was for gymnastics? 3 years ago Gabby Douglas became the first Black woman to win the Olympic All Around title. She had to put up with tons of racist comments made on social media. 2 years ago Simone Biles became the first Black woman to win the World All Around title. She had to put up with a fellow competitor making racist comments to the media. Earlier this year it was the first time in 35 years the reigning Olympic champion and World champion were in the same competition, and here they are now taking the first 2 spots at the last World championships before the next Olympics.