One after one, their legs raced down the spring board, leaping, turning, one back handspring followed by another.
They’re dedicated. They’re hopeful. They want to be like Gabby.
Sixteen-year-old gymnast Gabby Douglas stole America’s heart Thursday when she flipped and tumbled her way to Olympic gold, becoming the first African-American gymnast to win the world’s top spot in the women’s all-around competition.
And as she did, she cemented a dream in young minds. Children of all colors across the country set up obstacle courses, did cartwheels and somersaults, pretending they, too, were Olympic gymnasts.
More serious athletes worked out with new determination.
“I would like to go to the Olympics like Gabby Douglas,” said 13-year-old Joshua Jenkins of Detroit after flying across a spring board at Skills Ville Amateur Athletic Training Center on Livernois. “She inspires me to do better, and work harder and try to aim for her same goal.”
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Gabby’s face will be on cereal boxes, her winning smile everywhere, and seeing all that she can do will no doubt show kids — and even some parents — that they can accomplish their dreams, too.
“I cried as if that child was mine,” said Patrice Stringer of Detroit, whose sons Elijah, 11, and Isaiah, 9, compete on the Skills Ville gymnastics team. “Seeing her there on that podium, it opened a door. It gave me hope. And now I can see each one of these kids there.”
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