Black History Month spotlight on sports

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By Ray Richardson

Contributing Writer

On Aug. 2, 2012 at the Summer Olympics in London, 16-year-old Gabby Douglas became the first African-American woman in Olympic history to win a gymnastic Gold Medal in the all-around competition.

Douglas won the vault, floor exercise, balance beam and parallel bars to finish with an overall score of 62.232.

Douglas, a native of Newport News, Va., was also the first American gymnast to win two Gold Medals at the same Olympics. In London, Douglas was part of a dominant United States team that won the Gold in team competition.

Ray Richardson can be reached at rayrich55@gmail.com.