From first time Olympians to Olympic veterans, this year in London proved to be one of the most exciting Olympics yet. Records were smashed, surprising victories were accomplished, and there were first-times for quite a number of athletes, including Gabby Douglas: the first African-American to win a gold in the Women's All-Around.
Gabby, beginning early in gymnastics, had many obstacles that she needed to be overcome to get to where she is today. Gymnastics is consisted of finance, time, effort and a large amount of heart-break. There were times when Gabby Douglas wanted to turn her back on the demanding sport all together; but she had a sister who basically told her that she could do this, that she could win.
Her sister believed she could come home with the gold and come home with the gold she will. America was her witness as she made history in the sport of gymnastics as she was one of the very few Americans and the only Afican-American to Win gold in the Women's All-Around final.
Teammates, and siblings, Venus and Serena Williams obtained a prize definitely to be won as they earned gold in Women's Doubles finals which then earned them the title of being called the first players to win a total of four Olympic Games titles.
Shortly before this victory, celebrated by the duo, as Venus was first to win three gold medals, Serena followed close in her sister's footsteps as she defeated Maria Sharapova of Russia in Women's Singles earning her third gold medal.
Venus Williams now joins Conchita Martinez, tennis player of Spain, as the only tennis players to earn medals at three Olympic Games.
Sanya Richards-Ross, overcoming her upset in Beijing 2008, finds redemption in London 2012 as she finds reason to rejoice as she earns the gold in the Women's 400-meter final, declaring her the fastest woman of this year's Olympic Games.
These Games, however, were not without many other victors; ones who may not have received gold, but indeed will be coming home with a medal of some sort. The 50-meter swimmer, Cullen Jones, and 100-meter sprinter, Carmelita Jeter, will be taking home the silver only to add to the outstanding medal-count of the United States of America.
Sanya Richards-Ross was joined by fellow teammate, Deedee Trotter who received a bronze, finally receiving a medal in an individual event; something she was not able to accomplish prior to London 2012. Fellow American sprinter, Justin Gatlin, is also taking home a bronze after trailing behind Jamaica's Yohan Blake and Usain Bolt which is a great feat after returning to the Games eight years later being faster than ever.
The Games have yet to conclude, and the medal-count have yet to slow down as sprinter, Allison Felix, goes for gold along with fellow teammates Sanya Richards-Ross and Carmelita Jeter in the women's 200 Meter final; and Gabby Douglas gives gold another shot as the women compete in the Balance Beam finals. The gold is there, they just need to go for it.