Photos: Gabby Douglas wins gold

The 2012 London Olympics put gymnast Gabrielle Douglas in the world spotlight. The 16-year-old Virginia Beach native became the first African-American to win an Olympic all-around title in gymnastics during the games.

“I wanted to seize the moment,” Douglas told the Associated Press.

And she did. The now-gold medalist, who worked through a minor muscle strain a few weeks prior to competition, soared on the uneven bars and defied gravity on the balance beam living up to her nickname: The Flying Squirrel.

“She demonstrated she is an Olympic champion,” her coach Liang Chow said.

While the Olympics continue, the world has a new hero, unitard and all.

— Associated Press

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