Photos: Gabby Douglas wins gold

Gabby Douglas performs on the balance beam during the women's senior division at the U.S. gymnastics championships on Friday, June 8, 2012, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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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