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Gabby Douglas made Olympics history on Aug. 2 when she became the first African American to win the all-around gymnastics competition. Among the list of luminaries to express their congratulations to the 16-year-old gold medalist is none other than Beyonce.
The superstar posted on her personal blog: "A huge congratulations to 16 year old Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas - WOW - what a thrill to watch you take this Gold! - enjoy this moment, its yours. Thank you for inspiring all of us! Love, B"
Talk about a gushing endorsement!
Young Douglas' famous fanbase also includes Oprah Winfrey, Lady Gaga, Pink, Justin Bieber and the country's most important man himself — President Barack Obama, who called Douglas after her first gold medal win with the rest of the American team.
"Just talked to the President of the United States!!! WOW such and [sic] honor and a amazing feeling!! #thankyou" she posted on Aug. 1.
As for all of the support she's received since securing her second gold, Douglas also shared on Twitter: "WOW such an AMAZING experience! Thank you all for your support, love and prayers love you all!!!
#oncloud9," she posted.
Douglas, however, admits she didn't realize she was the first African American to win the honor: "The all-around matters to me. People keep saying I'm the first black American to win the [all-around] gold medal so I [thought], yeah, I forgot about that. It was amazing. I feel so honored."