2012 Olympic all-around champion Gabrielle “Gabby” Douglas and the rest of the U.S. Women’s Olympic Gymnastics team, which took home the first team gold medal for the U.S. since 1996 at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, will visit the “Late Show with David Letterman,” airing at 11:35 p.m., Tuesday, August 14 on CBS.
“I definitely had this amazing feeling,” Douglas said of her mindset during the heat of prestigious “All-Around” competition, which determines the world’s best overall female gymnast. “I just told myself, ‘Believe. Don’t fear, just believe.’ I didn’t really think about making mistakes. I just wanted to represent everyone, not just myself — Team USA, coaches, family. I wanted to show my best routines and just enjoy the moment.”
“She is a very graceful gymnast and also she has the strength and determination,” said Douglas’ head coach, Liang Chow. “I am totally beside myself. I think it was a wonderful night, and for me as a coach, that was a wonderful dream come true — to have an Olympic Champion.”
Now known as the “Fierce Five,” Gabby and the girls, Alexandra “Aly” Raisman, McKayla Maroney, Jordyn Wieber and Kyla Ross have also had success on the individual medal front — Maroney won silver in the women’s vault, and team captain Raisman took home gold in the floor exercise and bronze in the balance beam event.
“She showed such great improvement, it is incredible in such a short time,” Women’s National Team Coordinator Martha Karolyi said of Douglas, who is the latest in a line of American all-around champions, including Mary Lou Retton (1984), Carly Patterson (2004) and Nastia Liukin (2008). “I have never seen an average, but good, gymnast five months ago climb up to be the best in the world. That’s the truth.”
Douglas, whose smiling face and shiny gold medal currently grace the cover of “People” magazine, will headline the 2012 Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions coming to the Wells Fargo Center on Friday, November 9. In addition to her Fierce Five teammates, the tour will also feature Olympians John Orozco, Jake Dalton, Jonathan Horton, Sam Mikulak and men’s all-around bronze medalist Danell Leyva, as well as 2008 Olympic all-around champion Nastia Liukin.