Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 8/1/12
On Thursday, having already helped her team claim the women's gymnastics team gold medal, Gabrielle Douglas will try to do what no American gymnast has done before: Add an individual all-around gold medal to her team gold. This is history in the making, a 16-year-old taking her own shot at Olympic immortality, and it would culminate a remarkable journey for a gymnast who has been ascending to the top of this sport since the spring. Douglas first flashed her growing possibilities in May in New York when she bested the score of the darling of American gymnastics, Jordyn Wieber, at the American Cup. She did not win because she'd competed as an alternate, and even then the whispers swirling around that success were that she only scored so well because it did not count. Once the pressure tightened its grip on her, the thinking went, she would falter. Then, at the U.S. Olympic trials in San Jose, where the pressure was absolutely immense, she took home the highest score. Suddenly the ...
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