Gabby Douglas now has an individual all-around gold medal to go with the team gold she won with her U.S. teammates. Dubbed the "Flying Squirrel" for her impressive array of aerial skills, Douglas edged Russian gymnast Victoria Komova, who took silver. Bronze went to Aliya Mustafina of Russia by way of a tiebreaker after American Aly Raisman finished with an identical score of 59.566.

The 16-year-old Douglas scored 62.232 while Komova scored 61.973. The Russian star took the last turn on the floor and couldn't reach the score needed to overtake Douglas. Beaming after finishing a sterling turn on the floor, Douglas could only wait and watch. Komova needed a score of 15.36 or higher to pass Douglas for gold but only earned a 15.100 for a solid routine.

Douglas opened with a 15.966 on the vault, despite coming perilously close to stepping off the track on her landing. In first place after the first rotation, Douglas scored 15.733 on the uneven bars, 15.500 on the beam and closed with a 15.033 on the floor.

Douglas' all-around gold medal marks the fourth time that an American woman has won the event, including the two previous golds won by Nastia Luikin (2008) and Carly Patterson (2004). Mary Lou Retton was the first American woman to win the all-around title in 1984.

“A lot was going through my mind, I was like, ’Yes all the hard work has paid off,’” Douglas told reporters, via Bloomberg, after being award her second gold medal of the London Games. “I was speechless. Tears of joy and just waving to the crowd.”

Having performed in all rotations during the U.S. team's gold medal effort in the team competition and captured individual all-around gold, Douglas' triumph over teammate Jordyn Wieber at the U.S. Olympic Trials no longer seems like such an upset.

Entering the London Olympics, Douglas' teammate Jordyn Wieber was the favorite to win individual all-around gold. In a surprising turn of events, Wieber didn't even qualify for the individual final, finishing behind Douglas and Aly Raisman during qualification and missing out due to the two-per country rule.

Not long after Douglas won gold, Wieber congratulated her teammate on Twitter.


Jordyn Wieber
Congrats ! You are the Olympic all around champion and you deserve it girl! 💙❤

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  • Gabrielle Douglas

    U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas dismounts from the vault during the Artistic Gymnastic women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Victoria Komova

    Russian gymnast Victoria Komova botches her dismount during the Artistic Gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Gabrielle Douglas

    U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas performs on the vault during the Artistic Gymnastic women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Alexandra Raisman

    U.S. gymnast Alexandra Raisman performs on the vault during the Artistic Gymnastic women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Vanessa Ferrari

    Italian gymnast Vanessa Ferrari performs on the vault during the Artistic Gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Asuka Teramoto

    Japanese gymnast Asuka Teramoto performs on the uneven bars during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Aliya Mustafina

    Russian gymnast Aliya Mustafina performs on the vault during the Artistic Gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Larisa Andreea

    Romania's gymnast Larisa Andreea Iordache performs on the vault during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Larisa Andreea

    Romania's gymnast Larisa Andreea Iordache performs on the uneven bars during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Larisa Andreea

    Romania's gymnast Larisa Andreea Iordache performs on the uneven bars during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Hannah Whelan

    Gymnast Hannah Whelan from Britain performs on the balance beam during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Hannah Whelan

    Gymnast Hannah Whelan from Great Britain beam during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Rebecca Tunney

    Judges watch gymnast Rebecca Tunney from Britain perform on the balance beam during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Dominique Pegg

    Canadian gymnast Dominique Pegg performs on the balance beam during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Celine van Gerner

    Gymnast Celine van Gerner from the Netherlands performs on the balance beam during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Huang Qiushuang

    Chinese gymnast Huang Qiushuang poses after a performance during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Sandra Raluca Izbasa

    Romania's gymnast Sandra Raluca Izbasa performs on the uneven bars during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Huang Qiushuang

    Chinese gymnast Huang Qiushuang performs on the uneven bars during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Jessica Lopez

    Venezuelan gymnast Jessica Lopez performs on the uneven bars during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Ashleigh Brennan

    Australian gymnast Ashleigh Brennan botches her dismount from the vault during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition final at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Rie Tanaka

    Japanese gymnast Rie Tanaka performs on the vault during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition final at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Rie Tanaka

    Japanese gymnast Rie Tanaka botches her dismount from the vault during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition final at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Marta Pihan-Kulesza

    Gymnast Marta Pihan-Kulesza from Poland performs on the vault during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition final at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Huang Qiushuang

    Chinese gymnast Huang Qiushuang performs on the uneven bars during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Aurelie Malaussena

    French gymnast Aurelie Malaussena performs on the vault during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition final at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Gabrielle Douglas

    Judges watch U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas perform on the balance beam during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Gabrielle Douglas

    U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas performs on the balance beam during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Gabrielle Douglas

    U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas performs on the balance beam during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Gabrielle Douglas

    U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas performs on the balance beam during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Deng Linlin

    Chinese gymnast Deng Linlin performs on the balance beam during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition.

  • Vanessa Ferrari

    Italian gymnast Vanessa Ferrari performs on the balance beam during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Alexandra Raisman

    U.S. gymnast Alexandra Raisman performs on the balance beam during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Alexandra Raisman

    U.S. gymnast Alexandra Raisman loses her balance as she performs on the beam during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Aliya Mustafina

    Russian gymnast Aliya Mustafina performs on the floor during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Aliya Mustafina

    Russian gymnast Aliya Mustafina loses her balance before falling off the beam during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Vanessa Ferrari

    Italian gymnast Vanessa Ferrari performs on the balance beam during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Deng Linlin

    Chinese gymnast Deng Linlin performs on the balance beam during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Vanessa Ferrari

    Italian gymnast Vanessa Ferrari loses her balance on the beam during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Gabrielle Douglas

    U.S. gymnast Alexandra Raisman performs on the balance beam during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Gabrielle Douglas

    U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas performs on the balance beam during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Gabrielle Douglas

    U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas performs on the balance beam during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Gabrielle Douglas

    U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas reacts after her performance on the floor during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Gabrielle Douglas

    U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas is hugged by coach Liang Chow after her performance on the floor during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Gabrielle Douglas

    U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas is hugged by coach Liang Chow after her final and deciding performance on the floor during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Gabrielle Douglas

    U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas, left, hugs teammate Alexandra Raisman after the latter's performance on the floor during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Gabrielle Douglas

    U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas waves to the audience after her final and deciding performance on the floor, followed by coach Liang Chow during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Aliya Mustafina

    Russian gymnast Aliya Mustafina, left, and teammate Victoria Komova look up at the score display as they wait for the declaration of results during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Aliya Mustafina

    Russian gymnast Aliya Mustafina, left, and teammate Victoria Komova hug each other and wait for the declaration of results during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Gabrielle Douglas

    U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas waves to the audience after being declared winner of the gold medal during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Gabrielle Douglas

    U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas waves to the audience after being declared winner of the gold medal during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Gabrielle Douglas

    U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas displays her gold medal during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.