Gabby Douglas visits Citi Field on August 23, 2012 in New York City
*Gabrielle Douglas has been a shining star since making her Olympic debut this year.
The young gymnast, who isn’t old enough to vote, says her journey has been about faith.
Gabby is releasing a book, “Grace, Gold & Glory: My Leap of Faith.”
“I want people to be inspired by my book,” Gabrielle said in a video that promotes the prose now available at Amazon.com.
“My faith stands [as] definitely the most important [thing] in my gymnastics career. God has given me this amazing talent, and He’s woken me up everyday, and kept me safe in the gym so He’s played a big role in my life,” she said.
She says no matter where she is, even if on an “international assignment,” her Bible comes along, she told Sister 2 Sister.
“I just pray that God keep me humble and keep me grounded. I don’t want to be this on top diva. I want to be this role model,” she said. “I want to be that blessing on other people.”
Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis and Carmelo Anthony celebrate winning the gold medal in men’s basketball at London Olympics
*If you haven’t heard, it should come as no surprise that the US beat Spain … again in men’s basketball to win the gold medal in London.
Kevin Durant put in 30 points, LeBron James scored 19 as the U.S. men’s basketball team defended its Olympic title, holding off the determined Spanish team 107-100 on Sunday for the gold medal — just as the Americans did in 2008.
Kobe Bryant added 17 for the US, which only led by one point after three quarters and was ahead just 97-91 when James drove the lane for a thunderous dunk and followed a miss by Spain with a 3-pointer.
In the final minute, U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski, in his final international game, took out his top stars who came to London with the goal of keeping American basketball on top. When the final horn sounded, Krzyzewski locked James in a tight embrace as Bruce Springsteen’s “Born In The USA” rocked the arena.
Pau Gasol scored 24 and Juan-Carlos Navarro had 21 for Spain, which had to settle for silver in the second straight Olympics.
*Yeah Serena Williams is from the hood, and she was sure to let the whole world know when she took a moment to reference the hood with a little Crip Walk after winning an Olympic gold medal.
Snoop Dogg definitely noticed and saluted the champion tennis player with a “Go Girl.”
His praise came just in time because she was hotly criticized for representing a “gangster lifestyle” at the prestigious international games.
Fox Sports (of course) columnist, Jason Whitlock, wrote a scathing item bashing the culturally aware tennis star for her antics.
“Serena deserved to be criticized and she should have immediately apologized,” Whitlock wrote. “Wimbledon isn’t a place to break out a dance popularized by California Crip gang members. She knows it. That’s why she got embarrassed when asked by reporters to reveal the name of the dance.”
Serena’s from Compton, Calif., a place where the C-Walk reigned supreme at one point. When reporters asked her the name of the dance, she responded, “Actually, there is a name,” Williams told a throng of reporters. “But I don’t know if it’s appropriate. It’s just a dance we do in California.”
But she isn’t the first one to represent hard in the paint with a lil’ gangsta jig; NBA player Brent Barry did the same during the 2003 NBA All-Star 3-point contest.
Don’t think anyone wrote a column about him? Maybe because he’s a white boy?! Hmm, ya think?
*Centre Court at the All England Club, Wimbledon played host to the worst Olympic tennis beat down since 1920, (Suzanne Lenglen of France beat Dorothy Holman of Britain 6-3, 6-0) on this windy Saturday in London (so windy the American flag blew clean away).
Serena Williams (4th-seeded) all but completely shut out her rival and world no. 3, Maria Sharapova of Russia, in a 6-0, 6-1 annihilation during the Olympic tennis Gold Medal match. Commentators and spectators knew there would be blood from a meeting between two of the hardest hitting women on the WTA tour, but no one expected Sharapova to leave the massive puddle behind that she did. The match was over in just outside an hour.
Serena Williams, at 31 years old, emerged from the proverbial woodshed with not only an Olympic gold medal, which was the last accolade she hadn’t received over the course of her illustrious career, but also with a career Golden Slam (won all 4 major tournaments at least once and the Olympic gold medal). She is only the second woman to have done so in the history of tennis (Steffi Graf also achieved the prestigious feat). Both Williams and Sharapova were in contention for the distinction.
The match began ominously for the 6’2″ Russian, as Williams slammed down 3 aces and one unreturnable serve on the way to winning the opening game of the match and she didn’t look back. That set the stage for a 9 game run and tennis clinic, which saw Sharapova either watching balls go by that she couldn’t even touch or spraying balls all over the stadium that she simply couldn’t handle. It was winner after winner, ace after ace (24 and 10). The stunned crowd could barely catch their breath.
Media personality, Chelsea Handler, who was in Maria Sharapova’s box all week and had seemingly been the 2012 French Open winner’s good luck charm up to that point, was able to channel no such luck during the massacre; Serena Williams was simply too good and too determined.
Once the match was complete, with Sharapova winning just one game, Williams let out her signature roar, jumped repeatedly for joy and did a celebration “crip walk” at her chair.
If the score hadn’t been settled before for the upset Sharapova delivered to Williams during the Wimbledon final of 2004, today, on the world stage of the 2012 London Olympic Games, Serena Williams showed tennis fans who’s boss and the true world no. 1.
Next up, the 14-time Slam champion and 2012 Wimbledon winner will join her sister, Venus Williams, in competing for their third Olympic gold medal together in doubles. They will compete in the semis against the Czech Republic, today.
*The tournament favorite from the start, Serena Williams – and her A-game, have secured at least one more Olympic medal for the US.
By mercilessly crushing her world no. 1 WTA peer, Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, 6,1- 6,2 with 16 aces and 33 winners, Serena secured a spot in Saturday’s final against her long-time rival, Maria Sharapova of Russia.
Today’s win guaranteed Serena, at the very least, a spot on top of the blocks sporting a silver medal for the US and bragging rights to her third Olympic medal overall (holds two in doubles with Venus Williams).
Maria Sharapova displays power and heart at 2012 London Olympics
Sharapova took out countrywoman, Maria Kirilenko, in impressive fashion, 6-2, 6-3, in the day’s first women’s semifinal and did her part to set up what is sure to be a blockbuster, power-on-display Gold medal match between she and Williams. Their head-to-head is 8, Williams, 2, Sharapova.
Both ladies have achieved what’s known as the prestigious Career Grand Slam (having won all four tennis majors at least once), but neither have taken home the Olympic gold in the sport, completing what’s called a Career Golden Grand Slam. Only three players, man or woman, have done so in the open era (Steffi Graf, Andre Aggasi, and Raphael Nadal).
With history – and a lot of pride – on the line, there will be blood left on the otherwise pristine Wimbledon grass and only one woman, Serena Williams, world no. 4, or Maria Sharapova, world no. 3, will come out alive. But whatever the outcome, both will be sporting medals for their respective countries.
(L) Gabrielle Douglas of the United States of America looks down at her teammates during introductions before the Artistic Gymnastics Women’s Team final on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on July 31, 2012 in London, England
*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.
Gabrielle Douglas of the United States performs on the balance beam in the Artistic Gymnastics Women’s Team final on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on July 31, 2012 in London
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.”