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"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..."

"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..."

My passion is gymnastics because it's a stress reliever and I can ease my mind...even though I don't take classes anymore, I still love it.

My passion is gymnastics because it's a stress reliever and I can ease my mind...even though I don't take classes anymore, I still love it.

Gabrielle Douglas earned her bid to the Olympics by coming in First Place at the Olympic Trials July 1, 2012 ensuring her place in the Games.

Gabrielle Douglas earned her bid to the Olympics by coming in First Place at the Olympic Trials July 1, 2012 ensuring her place in the Games.

Gaby Douglas can FLY  why is there a big deal with her hair she is focusing on what matters Leave her alone

Gaby Douglas can FLY why is there a big deal with her hair she is focusing on what matters Leave her alone

Gabby Douglas...she is amazing! Oh how I can't wait for the summer Olympics! Gymnastics love

Gabby Douglas...she is amazing! Oh how I can't wait for the summer Olympics! Gymnastics love

Gabby Douglas always allow your deams and thats mine to be in the olimpics. and never give up

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Gabby Douglas always allow your deams and thats mine to be in the olimpics. and never give up

Gymnast Gabby Douglas, 16.

Behind the Covers: Martin Schoeller's Portraits of the 2012 U.S. Olympians

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