Gymnast Gabby Douglas Is AP’s Female Athlete Of The Year

(December 21, 2012)--When gymnast Gabby Douglas allowed herself to dream of becoming an Olympic champion, she imagined having a nice little dinner with family and friends to celebrate, but she says it's gotten far crazier than she ever thought it would.

And now the teenager who became the first African-American gymnast to claim gymnastics' biggest prize, the all-around Olympic title, has a new honor.

She is The Associated Press' 2012 female athlete of the year, edging out swimmer Missy Franklin in a vote by U.S. editors and news directors.

She is the fourth gymnast to win the award, and first since Mary Lou Retton in 1984.

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