During the 2012 Olympic Games, it was difficult not to be moved by the sheer force of the female presence in all fields of sports: 4,847 women participated in the event, more than ever before. And a historical event occurred – every participant nation had at least one female contender on the delegation. Eight years have past since those pivotal Games, so we decided to see what some of their most memorable women, all gold medal winners for Team USA, are up to these days.
Gymnast Gabby Douglas had viewers and critics’ eyes set upon her since the Olympic trials in San Jose, where she placed first in the all-around rankings, securing the only available place on the women’s Gymnastic team.
Douglas and her teammates, dubbed “The Fierce Five” as they retrieved a record number of medals for team USA – won the team event gold medal, and went on to win gold in the individual all around – the first woman of color from any nationality to do so, ever.
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