Gabby Douglas Age: 16 Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA Fun Fact: The Virginia native currently lives in Iowa, where she trains with Shawn Johnson's coach, Liang Chow, and "hasn't been home since 2010!" her mom tells Us.
"It's no coincidence that hair, one of the most visible markers and symbols of Black women's difference in a White-dominated culture, has become a focal point of Gabby's story. The media must forever make an issue of our difference, even in moments of triumph, but never in a way that engages with critical analysis of power and oppression. We'd rather focus on Olympians' finances than on the fact that the U.S. is virtually alone in denying government funding to Olympic hopefuls..."