The first African-American gymnast to claim gymnastics’ biggest prize, Gabby Douglas, has just achieved another honor. The acclaimed Olympian was selected The Associated Press’ female athlete of the year, and she’s still just 16 years old.
Douglas won gold medals in both the individual and team all-around competitions and posted the team’s highest score on all but one event in qualifying. She edged out swimmer Missy Franklin receiving 48 of 157 votes, seven more than Franklin who brought home four gold medals and a bronze.
The Virginia native remarked after the announcement on Friday, “I didn’t realize how much of an impact I made. My mom and everyone said, `You really won’t know the full impact until you’re 30 or 40 years old.’ But it’s starting to sink in.”
Gabby who turns 17 on December 31, now earns millions in endorsements and was also named one of Barbara Walters’ “10 Most Fascinating People” of 2012.
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Watch this video featuring Gabby Douglas on Barbara Walters’ 10 Most Fascinating People: