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:
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.
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.
Phelps, who won the 4x200 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.
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).