While I was flipping through the cable channels last night discovered there were two African-American gymnasts competing for spots on the US Olympic Gymnastics team. One of them was 16 year old Gabrielle Douglas of Virginia Beach, VA and the other was Elizabeth Price of Coopersburg, PA.
I ended up watching the rest of the trials from the point I stumbled upon it because Gabrielle was leading the Olympic trails competition with two rotations to go over Jordyn Wieber, the current world champion.
Douglas has been compared in gymnastics circles to Olympian Dominique Dawes, who was the first African American to not only make a US Olympics gymnastic team but won an individual gymnastics gold medal in floor exercise and a team gold as part of the ‘Magnificent Seven’ at the 1996 Atlanta Games.
Douglas won gold at last year’s Pan Am Games and hopes to make history by repeat the feat in London. She eventually won one of the two automatic spots on the team by holding on to her lead over Wieber. Elizabeth Price made the team as a replacement athlete as well.
It also gives me a heads up on another event and athlete I’ll be keeping my eyes on when the London Games get started on July 27.