The 16 year old was part of the U.S. squad which took gold in the team all-around gymnastics event at the London 2012 games on Tuesday, and two days later, she landed another gold medal for her solo efforts - making her the first African-American female ever to win the individual all-around contest.
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 medalist 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 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 writes, "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 I'm so THRILLED for Gabby. Flowing happy tears!!— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) August 2, 2012
La Toya Jackson had a similar reaction: "Why am I crying! I'm just so overwhelm (sic) by Gabby Douglas win!!!"
Even Condolleeza Rice weighed in on Gabby's accomplishment. She tells TMZ that she is "proud of their team gold and thrilled for Gabby Douglas and her momentous accomplishment as the first African-American to win the individual all-around gymnastics title." She adds, "These young women are full of grace and poise."
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