Recently Gabby Douglas expressed excitement about the congratulatory tweets she received from Beyoncé and Lil Wayne after her stellar Olympic performances, but soon her idols just might become her peers.
The gymnast who captured America’s heart over the last week, dominated the individual all-around competition, adding another gold medal to the one already earned by Team USA in the team competition. But how will her accolades translate into post-Olympic dollar signs? Let’s talk money.
USA Today, citing an article from Forbes Magazine, estimates that Gabby will likely earn $2-3 million for at least the next two years.
There are a number of variables that could alter that total one way or another, but with her incredible story, unmistakable charm and “hard work pays off” attitude, Gabby is expected to capitalize on her Olympic success.
According to the LA Times, talent agent Sheryl Shade has already signed Gabby and plans to help the 16-year-old Virginia native capitalize on her winning personality, winning smile and…well, winning.
Author John Davis told USA Today that although Gabby’s stock might be lower than someone like Mary Lou Retton (the first American gymnast to earn the all-around title) because of the sheer number of Olympic icons featured in today’s games, the budding young superstar is at an advantage being the first Black American gymnast to win and individual gold medal. Her image already graces the cover of cereal boxes.
John goes on to call Gabby “the big winner coming out of [these] Olympics.”
There’s no questioning the budding star’s popularity. NBC reports that Gabby’s profile is the most clicked-upon athlete on the network’s Olympic Website, garnering over 18 million page views.
What makes her story even more sweet is that the teen may be able to help her family financially. The media has recentlyg published a slew of stories detailing the Douglas family’s impending bankruptcy, a heavily reported story which some argue played a role in Gabby’s unsuccessful performance on the balance beam during the apparatus competition.
Gabby recently told Fox News correspondent and gold medal winner Dominique Dawes that she dislikes that extra attention.
"I love everyone just coming up to me and congratulating me," she said. "The things I dislike is… people go digging."
From humble beginnings to Olympic stardom, Gabby Douglas has epitomized what it means to be a role model. And while critics try to knock her down, scrutinizing everything from her outfit to her hair, Gabby continues to carry herself with grace and dignity and shows what it means to be a winner in the game of life.
Watch Gabby and Dominique below.
What should Gabby do next? Should she plan to go to college or just continue in gymnastics as a competitor, commentator or coach? Leave your comments below.
Photos: Black Female Olympians