Gabby, You Rock- Motivation for Girls Worldwide!

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Glued to the television, watching the sixteen year-old olympian gymnast- hoping that she could conquer this competition. Why? She is so young and so good! Oh yes, and she is an African American girl, first of the kind! If she went on to win, she would not only be recognized as a young winner, but she would send messages all over the world as the first African American female to ever win the gymnastics competition at the Olympics!

The 2012 Olympics

For some special reason, 2012 is the year that I really paid a lot of attention to the Olympics- not sure if it is because I am older, wiser and can see some things in life that did/t always capture my attention like years ago. But this time, I was really glued to the television especially in the evening and way in the wee hours of the morning.
It also fascinated me that there were so many younger people participating in the olympics from all over the world. Then there were some who had been there several times.

I was really amazed at how many young people who were olympians had parents who were also olympians. So for some it was like "the chip off the old block." So many parents had experienced this great opportunity and passed it on to their children. It was quite an honor to see this greatness passed down from generation to generation.

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Are You Watching?

Now as I was watching, there some other greatness that captured my attention. Well Michael Phelps had won more gold medals than any one in the whole wide world. It was absolutely amazing to watch this young man and his strength for victory! It was just amazing to watch his stamina, endurance, speed and strength. One must not even begin to imagine the many hours of intensity and and laborious work!

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Do you Have A Favorite Olympian that You Are Watching?

Well, Gabby is an amazing young lady who has amazed the world at her age, and earning a Gold Olympic Medal. People all over the world were simply amazed and impressed by this beautiful and talented gymnast!

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The Girl's Got A Very Special Gift!

I was even more impressed when I learned that she trained approximately two hours away from our home, in Des Moines, Iowa. Her family had made a special sacrifice and commitment to have her come to Iowa and be trained by the best, patterning after another young role-model and olympian champion from Iowa! So Gabby has a special place in all of our hearts in Iowa- we count her as an Iowan- after all she is here with us!

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The Girl's Got A Very Special Talent!

Now while we know for certain that she is a gifted and talented young lady, we also know that there are still wonders of amazement that this young girl who just so happens to be African American has now been recognized. She is now known all over the world as the "First African American to win a Gold Medal in the Olympics." Wow, shouts of joy rang out for girls all over the world. My great-niece posted a picture of the gymnastic area where she had just signed up her daughter for gymnastics. She represents the many parents who have hope that one day their child or grandchild will have the opportunity to compete in this type of experience. Gabby has given girls all over the world that extra hope!

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The Girl's Got Style!

Yes, the girls got style. She has her own style and this was certainly demonstrated during the competition. We all know that no one can become this stylistic and talented overnight. Most of us can not even begin to imagine all of the work that goes into preparation to become an Olympic Gold Medalist!

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The Girl's Got Class!

The girl's got class! I was so impressed with the way she was able to publicly respond to the world through the media with such class! She was professional in her answers to the media questions, and she carried herself with dignity and respect. She represented the United States and did it well. She's got so much class until the first endorsement I saw was when she adorned the most popular Corn Flakes box and I am told that she has many more ahead of her! Class, yes, she's got it!

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Gabby You Are A Role Model!

When I first decided to write this article, I immediately thought about all of the girls I work with throughout the year and the many African American girls that I am working with in hopes to helping them to have a brighter life. Gabby is a role model, sixteen years of age (as of August, 2012) and one who is a beacon light for many girls who may feel like giving up, or feel like they can't succeed! Gabby's international accolades have proven that these doors are open- and they may not be in the Olympics. It just may be that you have surgeon hands, or the heart of a teacher, or h strength of a lawyer- whatever gift or talent you may have, Gabby has set the pace for all girls!

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Gabby, You Rock- You Rock and Other Girls Know It!



Gabby, Gabby, Gabby, you rock!
Yes, you rock, you rock and all of the girls know it too!
Yes, they are dreaming of being in the Olympics, too!
Yes, yes, you rock, you rock, you rock- you rock,
Yes, we know you rock, rock. rock,,,,,,,
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African American Girls Pay A Special Tribute to Gabby!

Oh to be "Young, Gifted and Black" is a saying that was penned during the Civil Rights Movement. These words sent encouragement to thousands of African Americans that they had a right to the "tree of life" just like everyone else. This also sent the message that just because you are Black, does not mean that you can not achieve! So, as I continue my work with groups of African American girls, I will continue to share this wonderful accomplishment of Gabby, a great representative of the United States at the Olympics, 2012 in London! Special Salute and Tribute to you, Gabby!

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Honor is Honor is Due to You!

Finding the right words to express the in-depth appreciation to you for your great accomplishment and the pride in which you demonstrated your true abilities! I can still see that smile on your face, the adornment of a beautiful and loving face, and those enlightening words of what it felt like to be a winner of the Gold Medal in gymnastics!
You deserve all honor! You deserve all respect! You deserved the Gold Medal especially designed for a "Golden American Girl" with much love, honor, respect, dignity, pride, love, hope, faith, joy and all of those words that say- Honor, yes you deserve Honor- Honor unto you!

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African American, African American Girl, First African American Gold Olympian Gymnast, Olympia, Olympians, Olympic Gold Medalist, Olympic Reflection, Olympic Spirit, Olympicgames, Olympics

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author avatar g. kirklandholmes
I am an early childhood educator and taught pre-school-kindergarten multi-age grouping classes and early childhood courses at the University of Northern Iowa. I also publish with expertscolumn.com
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author avatar Denise O
9th Aug 2012 (#)

I just love Gabby and quite frankly, all those that represent our country. These young people should be commended for their dedication and talent they have decided to share with us. I have always been a fan of the Olympics, as my mama was and she carried us with her, every 2 years the winter or summer games were on. I am so proud of them all! A very nice tribute to Gabby my friend. Congrats on the well deserved star. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar g. kirklandholmes
11th Aug 2012 (#)

Thank you so much your for your comment. Gabby is a very special young lady who deserves much honor and respect as a Gold Medal
winner! Thanks again!

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author avatar A K Rao
9th Aug 2012 (#)

Hearty Congratulations to the Gold medal winner in Olympics Gabby! She deserves the Gold for the extra ordinary talent she have!

Very well written tribute to her by your good self dear kirklandholmes! Your zeal and enthusiasm is clearly seen in your article! Thanks for the wonderful write up!

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author avatar g. kirklandholmes
11th Aug 2012 (#)

Thank you so much for your comment! I really appreciate your kind words. It's an honor to write about this great young Gold Medal winner! Thanks !

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author avatar ghazala zafar
10th Aug 2012 (#)

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You rock!
g. kirklandholmes, thanks for introducing Gabby with us and highlighting her achievements such a nice way!

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author avatar g. kirklandholmes
11th Aug 2012 (#)

You are so welcome and thank you for your comment. Yes Gabby is a beautiful young lady and well deserving Gold Medal Winner!

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