Gabby Douglas has spent most of her 16 years preparing for this moment, and yet she is wholly unprepared for what is about to hit her.
Now that she’s on her way to the Olympics, Gabby Douglas has a new goal.
“I’m hoping I can catch an accent,” she said. “I’ve always wanted an accent.”
Look out London. The 16-year-old whose “Flying Squirrel” nickname might be the only thing more appealing than her personality or her high-flying uneven bars routine is ready to take on a new continent after upsetting world champion Jordyn Wieber to win the Olympic trials Sunday night.
Oh, she’s bringing friends, too. Led by the 1-2 punch of Douglas and Wieber, this will be the strongest team the Americans have had since 1996, one that will be not just favored but expected to bring home only the second Olympic team gold.
Congrats Gabby! We’ll be cheering for you, on your way to the gold!