*Gabrielle Douglas just won her second Olympic gold medal of the London Summer Games, taking the individual all-around event to match her performance anchoring the U.S. team’s first-place performance earlier this week.
Douglas scored 15.500 or higher in her first three rotations, with an emphatic 15.966 on her vault. Her final score was 62.232. She led the field of 24 gymnasts with 47.199 points as the top-ranked athletes entered the fourth and final rotation, on the floor exercise. Victoria Komova was in the second slot with 46.873 points, followed by her Russian teammate Aliya Mustafina with 44.966.
She becomes the first American woman to claim team and all-around gold in the same Olympics, completing her meteoric rise to the top of the sport.
Meanwhile, the White House announced Wednesday that President Barack Obama spoke on the phone with the whole gymnastics team after they won the gold-medal, including Douglas.
“You just tore it up,” Obama told the 16-year-old athlete who has trained in Iowa. “I know how hard you worked to get there.”
He added: “Keep at it. Stay cool.”
The president also spoke with Jordyn Wieber, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Kyla Ross.
He said to Raisman, “Michelle (Obama) and have watched and decided of all the Olympians you guys amaze us the most.”
To Maroney: “Way to nail that vault. It was unbelievable.”
To Ross: He remarked how she was “really steady. … I was impressed by how cool you were. I don’t know how you do what you do especially the balance beam.”