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The 2012 Summer Olympics — Gabby Douglas Wins Gold [VIDEO]

Gabby Douglas wins the gold medal in the all-around gymnastics competition and is the first African American to do so.  Carly Patterson won in 2004 and Nastia Liukin took the title in 2008, marking three straight golds for the United States.
Thursday was a huge day for the United States!  Three Olympians made history.  Gabby Douglas made history by becoming Americas first African American to score a gold medal and win an Olympic all-around title.   Gabby soared her way into history Thursday night with flawless precision and is probably still trying to get used to the feeling of having her two gold medals in three days around her neck.

Check this out!  This is Gabby’s amazing road to the Olympics:

Gabby said the day of, “I was on the bus and it was raining and I thought, ‘It’s going to be a great day,’ ” The 16-year old continued, “My mom used to tell me when I was little, ‘When it rains, it’s God’s manifestation, a big day’s waiting to happen.  I texted my mom, ‘It’s raining. You know what that means.’ “

And a big day it was for the gymnast now known around the world as “The Flying Squirrel.”  Little Gabby won the most coveted prize in her sport.  It comes just two days after she took home the team gold medal alongside Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney, Kyla Ross and Jordyn Wieber.

Kayla Harrison wins the U.S. the first gold at the Olympics in judo-getty images

Another highlight, is when Kayla Harrison won the United States very first gold in judo.  She’s not just the first woman, but the first person to do it.  However the 22-year-old has a much deeper story than this.  During a special interview with CNN, Kayla revealed that years before the Olympics she almost quit judo all together because she was sexually abused by a coach.

Kayla told CNN, “When I was 16, I told a close friend of mine, who immediately told my mother, and she immediately went to the police and pressed charges. The FBI got involved, and he’s actually serving 10 years … in prison.”  Kayla Harrison started training for judo when she was around seven years old, but she became a victim to sexual abuse at 13 years of age.
Kayla Harrison, is from Middletown, Ohio, is ranked fourth in the world.   To keep her dreams of Olympic gold alive, she had to defeat world number one Mayra Aguiar of Brazil in the semifinals.  She did and the rest is history. to keep her dreams of Olympic gold alive.
Silver medallist Ryan Lochte of the United States, gold medallist Michael Phelps of the United States and bronze medallist Laszlo Cseh of Hungary pose on the podium during the medal ceremony the Men's 200m Individual Medley final on Day 6 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on August 2, 2012 -getty images
Then of course there’s Michael Phelps.  Who now is the first and only American to hold 20 Olympic medals in any sport.  Thursday Michael Phelps won the 200-meter individual medley for his first individual gold of the London Games, becoming the first man to win the same individual event in three straight Olympics.
(L-R) Allison Schmitt, Dana Vollmer, Shannon Vreeland and Missy Franklin of the United States pose with their medals following the medal ceremony for the Women's 4x200m Freestyle Relay on Day 5 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre-getty images

Phelps, who won the 4×200 relay earlier, clockin 1 minute, 54.27 seconds in the 200 IM for his record 20th career Olympic medal and 16th gold.  His teammate Ryan Lochte clocked in at 1:54.90 to take the silver medal and Laszlo Cseh of Hungary scored the bronze in 1:56.22.

 

 

As a matter of fact, the U.S. kicked some major butt in swimming all the way around!  The U.S. women’s team has been smokin just about everybody for the past 6 days.

Last but not least “The Dream” team of basketball skull-drug Nigeria in a straight up blow-out Thursday.  The U.S. men’s team rewrote the record books in a 156-73 blistering win over Nigeria.

Knocking down shots from every corner of the arena, the U.S. made an incredible 30 of 37 attempts inside the arc (81 percent), more than doubling their previous high with 29 3-pointers.

 

 

Members of The United States team watch play from the bench in the second half against Nigeria during the Men's Basketball Preliminary Round match on Day 6 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Basketball Arena-getty imags

They broke the Olympic record for most points in a game with 4:37 still to play, and set U.S. records for 3-pointers (26), field goals (59) and field-goal percentage (71).   Then Andre Iguodala hit a 3-pointer with 4:37 left, the U.S. had shattered the previous Olympic record of 138 points set by Brazil against Egypt in 1988.  When the record was announced all the players seated on the U.S. bench got up and walked single file past U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski and hi-fived him and the staff.

Carmello Anthony was in the zone, making five 3-pointers in the first half alone.  He basically put on a shooting clinic in the third quarter.  With the U.S. bench standing in anticipation every time he touched the ball, Mello made all five of his attempts!  When it was all said and done, he broke Stephon Marbury’s scoring mark of 31 against Spain in 2004.

Carmello said of breaking the record, “It’s a great accomplishment to get that record.  We did it in a very highly classy way.  We went out there and we played basketball.  We made shots.  We make shots like that and play the way we played tonight, that record could have came on any team.”  All in all the U.S. men’s basketball team made 29 of 46 3-pointers (63 percent).

I think it’s safe to say, we’re doing pretty darn good!  Here’s the current medal standings:

Current Medal standings as of 8-4-12-nbcolympics.com

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