Stars including Beyonce, Octavia Spencer, Oprah Winfrey and Nicki Minaj have reached out to teenage American gymnast Gabrielle Douglas after she made history at the London Olympics on Thursday (02Aug12).
The 16 year old was part of the U.S. side which took gold in the artistic team all-around gymnastics event at the London 2012 games on Tuesday (31Jul12), and two days later, she landed another gold medal for her solo efforts – making her the first black female ever to win the individual all-around contest.
Justin Bieber, Pink and Lady Gaga were among those who sent their congratulations to the medal-winning team, but Douglas won more praise when she scooped gold by herself.
Singer/actress Beyonce has written an open letter to Douglas in a post on her official blog, calling her performance “inspiring”.
She writes, “A huge congratulations to 16 year old Olympic gold medallist Gabby Douglas – WOW – what a thrill to watch you take this gold! – Enjoy this moment, it’s yours. Thank you for inspiring all of us! Love, B”
A number of other stars got in touch with Douglas via Twitter.com to pass on their congratulations..
Actress Gabrielle Union writes, “Golden girl!!! I’m in awe… Gold for Gabby!” while Octavia Spencer adds, “Huge huge moment!!! Own it! Bringing home the gold!” and Denise Richards gushes, “Gorgeous girl gabrielle doug GOLD!!!!!!!!! so happy for you! your mom looks so proud. congrats!!”
Singer Ciara ?declares, “Not only am I happy 4 U (for you). I’m happy for your family 2 (too)! The sacrifices payed (sic) off! Keep inspiring young girls and women like me,” and rapper Nicki Minaj writes, “Kisses to Gabby what an amazing little firecracker. USA Olympics.”
Winfrey admitted she cried when she saw the youngster triumph, writing, “OMG (Oh my God) I’m so thrilled for Gabby. Flowing happy tears!! Team USA”, while La Toya Jackson had a similar reaction: “Why am I crying! I’m just so overwhelm (sic) by Gabby Douglas win!!!”