Sixteen year old Gabrielle Douglas earned the gold medal at the women’s gymnastics individual finals Aug. 2.
At a press conference on Thursday, she talked about being the first African American to win gold individually in women’s gymnastics.
“This quote you see ‘inspire a generation’ so, you know, I can check that off my bucket list,” she said.
Although she has already made history in her first Olympics, she looks up to the other athletes who have been around for many games.
“The swimmers are like, ‘OK when you’re, you know, done with your competition you guys can come over and sit with us,’ and we’re just like in awe,” she said.
All in all, it’s not about the fame for her but about being a role model for others and keeping her fans happy.
“I love the crowd; it definitely motivates me to do better greater things,” she said. “I’m going to put on a great show for them.”