LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 02: Gabrielle Douglas of the United States celebrates on the podium after winning the gold medal in the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Individual All-Around final on Day 6 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 2, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Gift Of Gabby: American Douglas Wins Gold In Women's All-Around

Gabby Douglas earned her second gold medal in three days, winning the women's individual all-around on Thursday at the 2012 Olympics, becoming the third-straight American to win the event.

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Gabby Douglas 'On Cloud Nine,' Family, Lil Wayne Celebrate, Too

Gabby Douglas' victory in the all-around gymnastics competition has a lot of people pretty pleased. Let's start with Gabby:

"That was awesome, seeing the flag raised and you're on top and the national anthem just playing," says Douglas. "You feel like you're in a concert. All these flashes ... I'm living on Cloud Nine."

Douglas also spoke about her status as the first African-American to take the gold in all-around... sort of.

Someone mentioned that I was the first black American (to win the all-around gold), and I said, 'Oh yeah, I forgot about that!' I feel so honored," she said with a laugh.

She also took to Twitter after earning gold:

While on twitter, she noticed other people were talking about her, including gymnastics aficionado Lil Wayne.

However, her choice to respond to Lil Wayne's congratulations angered fellow rapper Nicki Minaj, who felt slighted.

Douglas would later squash the most recent Olympics-related rap industry beef since Tony Parker's eye got hurt in a Drake-Chris Brown nightclub dust-up by responding to Minaj's tweet as well, allowing the world to be at peace.

These reactions are great and all, but probably the best came from her mother, Natalie Hawkins:

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2012 Olympics, Women's Gymnastics All-Around: Gabby Douglas Takes The Gold

After playing an integral part in the U.S. winning gold in the women's team gymnastics competition on Tuesday, Gabby Douglas once again put on a show on Thursday to win the gold in the women's individual all-around. She is the third-straight American woman to win the event, coming on the heels of Carly Patterson in 2004 and Nastia Liukin in 2008. It's just the second time any country has pulled off a three-peat.

It was an incredible performance by Douglas, who led after every rotation to best Russia's Viktoria Komova and Aliya Mustafina with a total of 62.232 points. Komova needed to score a 15.360 on the floor exercise, her final rotation, but came up short with a 15.100.

Douglas set the tone for her big night in London on vault, her first rotation, scoring a 15.966 and establishing a lead she would never give up. She pulled off an attempt with a high degree of difficulty, despite a small hop than inched her toward the edge of the mat. It was the highest score of the evening on vault.

An animated GIF of the attempt that, just like the team competition, started the gold-medal evening:

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After Komova closed the deficit on uneven bars, Douglas once again put on the performance of the night on balance beam. Her 15.5 score was the highest of the evening and pushed her lead to three-tenths of a point heading into the floor exercise. Her finish on the beam put the crowd at North Greenwich Arena in full roar:

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Douglas carried the momentum from the beam over to floor, one of her best events. She finished off the evening with a 15.033, setting a mark that Komova could not overcome.

With the victory, Douglas became the first African-American gymnast to win all-around gold, and the first American gymnast to capture gold in both the team and individual all-around competitions. She reflected on the momentous achievement after the win:

"Oh, my gosh, I forgot about that," she said. "It's definitely an amazing feeling and great honor to be the first African-American to win. I hope I can inspire people. My mother told me that I can inspire a nation."

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How Aly Raisman Lost The Women's All-Around Bronze Medal On A Tiebreaker

Gabby Douglas' gold medal in the women's all-around will leave American fans with a warm fuzzy from the gymnastics competition on Thursday, but the fact that Aly Raisman is missing out on a bronze medal despite tying with Aliya Mustafina in the competition is sure to leave a sour taste in the mouths of many Americans.

Raisman and Mustafina both tied at 59.566 points in the event after their four rotations, and in the case of a tie for a medal placement, there is a tiebreaker procedure. Important parts are in bold.

Should there be ties in the team finals in London, the lowest apparatus score will be dropped and the remaining scores added. If that doesn't break the tie, additional apparatus scores will be dropped, one at a time, until there is a winner. If no winner emerges, the tie stands.

There is a similar formula for the all-around final. But if no winner has emerged following the dropping of apparatus scores, the execution score total for each gymnast serve as the tie-breaker, followed by his or her total start value. If that doesn't establish a winner, the tie will stand.

So Mustafina's lowest score (a 13.633 on the balance beam) and Raisman's lowest score (a 14.200 on the balance beam) were both dropped, and the scores remaining were compared. Mustafina had a 45.933 after the drop, and Raisman had a 45.366; therefore, Mustafina won the tiebreaker.

For what it's worth, had the tiebreaker gone to two apparatus scores or one, Mustafina would have won those tiebreakers, too: of the eight scores recorded by both gymnasts in the all-around competition, Mustafina's best score, on the uneven bars (16.100), was better than Raisman's best, on the vault (15.900), and her second-best score, a 15.233 on the vault, just beats Raisman's second-best, a 15.133 on the floor exercise.

American fans will be mad about the tiebreaking procedure, but it should also be noted that there is historical precedent for dual bronze medals in the event: in 1996, Romanians Simona Amanar and Lavinia Milosovici tied for bronze.

The tape-delayed version of the event will be broadcast on NBC during their primetime show from 8 p.m. to midnight ET.

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Gabby Douglas Wins Gold In Women's Gymnastics All-Around

Gabby Douglas executed everything she needed to on Thursday in the women's all-around gymnastics competition at the 2012 Olympics, and earned her second gold medal in three days for her efforts. She made a bit of Olympic history in the process, too.

Douglas led after every rotation and held off Russia's Viktoria Komova and Aliya Mustafina with strong performances on the balance beam (15.500, best on the apparatus) and floor exercise (15.033, just .033 off her best mark of the Games) to win the all-around gold with 62.232 points, becoming the third straight American gymnast to do so, following Carly Patterson in 2004 and Nastia Liukin in 2008.

Komova needed a 15.360 on the floor to beat Douglas, but only pulled a 15.100, and had to settle for silver at 61.973.

That string of three straight wins in the all-around is a first for the U.S., and the second in Olympic history: the Soviet Union pulled the same feat in 1952, 1956, and 1960, the first three times the all-around competition was staged.

Douglas' victory also makes her the first American women's gymnast to win both team and all-around gold, the first African-American and first gymnast to win all-around gold, and just the second U.S. gymnast to ever do so. (Over a century ago, in the 1904 Olympics, Julian Lenhart won the men's all-around and led Team USA to men's team gold.)

But her gold has to compensate for some other heartbreak for the U.S. team in the event. Aly Raisman seemingly fell out of medal contention with a bobble on her balance beam routine (she scored a 14.200 on the event), but came back with a 15.133 in the floor exercise to tie Mustafina at 59.566 for the competition.

Mustafina, however, won the tiebreaker, and earned the bronze medal.

The tape-delayed version of the event will be broadcast on NBC during their primetime show from 8 p.m. to midnight ET.

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Gabby Douglas Leads Gold Medal Hunt In Women's Individual Gymastics

Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman led the U.S. women's gymnastics team to gold on Tuesday, and through two rotations of the women's all-around competition on Thursday, it's likely gold is within both Americans' grasp.

Both Douglas and Raisman began on the vault and stuck difficult jumps, ending up with the two best scores after the first rotation. Douglas' 15.966 looked to be hard for any gymnast to beat on any apparatus, while Raisman's 15.900 looked to be as close as anyone else can get.

Instead, Russia's Viktoria Komova, who earned a silver medal at the 2011 World Championships and was sitting in third after scoring a 15.466 in the vault on her first rotation, put together a brilliant routine on the uneven bars and matched Douglas' 15.966, moving her into first after two rotations. Komova is the reigning world champion in the uneven bars, and the score was the best on that apparatus of these Olympics.

It was only the best for about 10 minutes, however, as Russia's Aliya Mustafina followed it with a staggering 16.100, moving her into first overall.

Douglas followed with a fine routine of her own on the apparatus, however, scoring 15.733 and moving to the lead after two rotations at an overall score of 31.699, about a quarter of a point ahead of Mustafina's 31.432. Komova is third at 31.333, and Raisman, who scored just a 14.333 on the bars, is fourth at 30.233, but almost a point ahead of China's Huang Qiushuang, who sits in fifth.

You can learn how to watch a live NBC stream of women's individual gymnastics here. The tape-delayed version of the event will be broadcast on NBC during their primetime show from 8 p.m. to midnight ET.

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