U.S. gymnast Gabby Douglas won the women's all-around on Thursday, becoming the third straight American to win gymnastics' biggest prize. The 16-year-old Douglas, who grew up in Virginia Beach, claimed her second gold medal of the London Games. In honor of the Flying Squirrel, as she's known to fans, SI presents classic photos of Gabby Douglas.
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Gabby Douglas, the 16-year-old Olympic gold medalist, vaults during the individual all-around competition during day six of the Olympics.
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The Flying Squirrel soars above the balance beam during Day 1 of the USA Olympic Trials. Although Douglas ended Day 1 behind teammate Jordyn Wieber, she rallied on the second day to finish first in the trials.
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Douglas (left), who finished second overall, celebrates with her coach, Liang Chow, after successfully completing her vault during the U.S. gymnastics championships on June 10, 2012.
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Gabby Douglas poses for a portrait during the 2012 Team USA Media Summit photo shoot.
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Douglas competing on the uneven bars during the US Olympic team trials. After four events, Douglas finished first in points, nabbing the only guaranteed spot on the Olympic team.
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Douglas soars during her uneven bar routine for the women's team final of the Olympics. Nailing every event of the day, Douglas helped lead Team USA to the gold medal.
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Only months before becoming the all-around Olympic champion, Gabby Douglas competed as an alternate at the AT&T American Cup, posting high enough scores all around to win gold. However, because she was only an alternate, her scores did not count and she did not medal.
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Gabby Douglas completes an Amanar vault during the all-around individual final competition for the 2012 Summer Olympics.
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Douglas, shown here mid-flip during day six of the London Games, received the Olympic gold medal in individual all-around at only 16 years old.
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Gabby Douglas celebrates the women's gymnastics Team USA victory, claiming the gold with a full 5 point lead over the silver medaled Russian team.
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Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas poses for the 2012 Team USA Media Summit.
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Gabby Douglas rallied from a disappointing balance beam routine earlier in 2012, learning from her mistakes. The Flying Squirrel showed great form and stayed steady on the beam during women's gymnastics qualifications on day two in London.
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Douglas executes a nearly flawless Amanar vault during the team all-around finals on day four of the London Olympics.
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In the final competition for women's team all-around, Douglas executes a handstand during her uneven bar routine.
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Douglas leaps on the balance beam during team finals at the 2012 London Games. The true team anchor, Douglas was the only gymnast to compete in all four events for Team USA.
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Teammates (left to right) Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney, Jordyn Wieber and Kyla Ross celebrate on the podium after the announcement that they would be the five gymnasts representing Team USA in London.
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Gabby Douglas (far right) poses with her teammates and coaches after Team USA took gold in the Olympic all-around team final.
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