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Gabby Douglas

Gabrielle Douglas was  the first African-American woman to win gold in the individual all-around competition at last year’s 2012 London games, and she’s still making headlines.

According to The Washington Post, the pint-sized olympian is donating several personal items to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History and Culture.

Douglas, a native of Virginia Beach, VA, is giving the museum the leotard she wore during her first competitive season in 2003. She’s also giving the wrist tape and uneven bar grips she used in the 2012 Olympics, as well as her mother’s ticket to the games, personal photos and her Olympic credentials.

Although the black history museum isn’t slated to open until 2015, the items go on display Friday at the National Museum of American History.

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  • Jay Cee

    Good for you, Gabrielle! I am MORE than proud of you!

  • I am glad she is donating these items. However, I would like to see them, and all the other items that are planned for it in the regular Smithsonian. Gabby has made an amazing contribution to _American_ history and the visitors to the Smithsonian should know that. Not just people that make a special trip to a separate (but equal?) museum.

  • Salmon

    Glad for Gabby! I actually appreciate that she donated it to a Black history museum– we def need more women represented in such museums/exhibits.

    Nevertheless, glad that her talents and hard work are being recognized. She’s truly an inspiration!