Back in August Gabby Douglas made history, becoming the first African American gymnst to win the Women’s All Around title. Momentos from Douglas’ Olympic triumph will go on display in the world’s largest museum and research complex, the Smitsonian in Washington DC next month.
February 1st see’s the kick off of Black History Month at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Douglas has donated a few items which will be put on display:
Douglas is giving the museum the leotard she wore during her first competitive season in 2003 (she also wore the leotard when she won the Level 4 all-around title at the Virginia State Championships in 2004); the grip bag, wrist tape and uneven-bar grips she used at the 2012 London Olympics; the ticket to the Olympics used by Douglas’ mother, Natalie Hawkins; and credentials used by Douglas to gain access to Olympic venues. Also on display will be personal photos donated by Douglas and an autographed copy of her new book Grace, Gold & Glory: My Leap of Faith.
More information via the Smithsonian’s website here.
Via Ollie Williams, formally of BBC Sport.
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