As the Summer 2012 Olympics come to a close, I wanted to take some time to recognize some of the incredible young female USA Olympians that have stolen the spotlight and captured our hearts over the past two weeks. 16-year-old Gabby Douglas and 17-year-old Missy Franklin were little known before their Olympic debut and are now American icons who serve as inspiration to us all. Not only did these two teenage women win gold, but they also broke records and made history along the way. As a female entrepreneur and business owner who started from the ground up, I have a deep appreciation and respect for these young ladies and I wanted to take some time to recognize their incredible feats.
Gabby Douglas is the first African American female to take home a gold medal in the All-Around Gymnastics competition, and is the very first American woman to win gold in both the team and all-around final competitions. Gabby is now immortalized with a spot on Kelloggs Corn Flakes cereal box and I couldn’t be more excited for this talented young woman.
Swimmer and Colorado native Missy Franklin set a world record in the 200m backstroke, dedicating her gold metal to the victims of the Aurora, Colorado shooting. Though her tweet from Justin Beiber was probably the most exciting congratulations she received, I also wanted to take a moment to congratulate this remarkably talented young woman!
The 2012 Summer Olympics in London have brought some incredible, tearful and meaningful moments to America, and I am proud of all the courageous athletes representing our country. Enjoy your weekend as you watch the final days of the games in London! Go team USA!