Breaking: Gabby Douglas wins gold!

Today, Gabby Douglas became America’s first African American all around Olympic gymnastics champion. She is, in fact, the first woman of colour to ever win this medal. Here she is doing her amazing goddamn thing at National Championships in June.


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Chloe Angyal is a journalist and scholar of popular culture from Sydney, Australia. She joined the Feministing team in 2009. Her writing about politics and popular culture has been published in The Atlantic, The Guardian, New York magazine, Reuters, The LA Times and many other outlets in the US, Australia, UK, and France. She makes regular appearances on radio and television in the US and Australia. She has an AB in Sociology from Princeton University and a PhD in Arts and Media from the University of New South Wales. Her academic work focuses on Hollywood romantic comedies; her doctoral thesis was about how the genre depicts gender, sex, and power, and grew out of a series she wrote for Feministing, the Feministing Rom Com Review. Chloe is a Senior Facilitator at The OpEd Project and a Senior Advisor to The Harry Potter Alliance. You can read more of her writing at

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  • Christine

    Woah, spoiler alert. I didn’t expect to have to blackout Feministing when avoiding Olympic spoilers.

  • Amanda Robinson

    1. That’s awesome.
    2. M-Fing spoilers! Do a solid and warn a lady next time!

  • E. Elizabeth

    This is amazing and fantastic and all sorts of other words, but man if I’m not annoyed that you spoiled this for those of us who can’t live stream. I stay away from Olympic coverage during the day so I won’t know the outcome before they show it in the US in the evenings.

  • kelly

    tweeted the same thing ladies!! SPOILER ALERTS. not shocking to see i’m not the only one perturbed.

  • rubbersoul4163

    SPOILERS—As much as I love that Gabby is the first woman of color to win this event, I have to admit, having watched it, I thought Komova got shanked. Gabby somehow scored 5 tenths higher on bars from the previous rounds (her execution looked roughly the same to me), and she somehow got the highest beam score of the competition SO FAR, even though her foot came off the beam. I really thought her scores were inflated. I know this might make me unpopular around here, but I just had to say it. Also, her vault score was higher than team final, which was a much better vault than today’s (it was off to the side and not stuck).

  • Dan C

    Really awesome! I heard that she was sorta a last-minute addition to the team. Not sure if that’s true, but if it is, the whole thing is even more awesome.

  • Reni

    SPOILERS!! Ugh.

  • gabrielle