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Gabby Douglas wins gold in the Olympic women’s gymnastics all-around

American Douglas completes her ascension with a dominant performance en route to gold.



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After that, Komova played catchup. Because victories come in the slightest of margins, the outcome remained in doubt when the leaders entered the fourth — and final — rotation. Douglas had another dazzling floor exercise, the event in which she gets to showcase her lighter side while performing gravity-defying aerial flips.

Komova went last. She had a solid program that just wasn’t strong enough to overcome Douglas. The Russian anxiously watched the scoreboard as minutes passed before officials posted the results.

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Once Komova recovered from the fact she had lost, the gymnast acknowledged Douglas "performed beautifully."

Douglas felt something special would happen when riding to the arena in a downpour. Her mom used to say rain was a sign from God that the day would be great.

"I just told myself, ‘Believe,’ " she said. " ‘Don’t fear, just believe.’ "

The unbroken belief led to the kind of tears Douglas could share with the world.




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