One after one, their legs raced down the spring board, leaping, turning, one back handspring followed by another.
They're dedicated. They're hopeful. They want to be like Gabby.
Sixteen-year-old gymnast Gabby Douglas stole America's heart Thursday when she flipped and tumbled her way to Olympic gold, becoming the first African-American gymnast to win the world's top spot in the women's all-around competition.
And as she did, she cemented a dream in young minds. Children of all colors across the country set up obstacle courses, did cartwheels and somersaults, pretending they, too, were Olympic gymnasts.