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Gabby Douglas named “Sportswoman of the Year”

33rd Annual Salute To Women In Sports - Arrivals

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: (L-R) Olympic gymnasts Jordyn Wieber, Gabrielle Douglas, and Anastasia “Nastia” Liukin attend the 33rd Annual Salute To Women In Sports Gala at Cipriani Wall Street on October 17, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

Jason Kempin

This summer gymnast Gabby Douglas won two gold medals, appeared on the Wheaties Box and in a Nicki Minaj rap, was interviewed by Oprah, threw out first pitches in New York and L.A., and led the Pledge of Allegiance at the Democratic National Convention… all at only sixteen years old.

But Gabby wasn’t done. On Wednesday she was honored as “Sportswoman of the Year” by former winner Nastia Liuken and icons Billy Jean King and Laila Ali at the Women’s Sports Foundation’s 33rd Annual Salute to Women in Sports awards.

Douglas, the first African-American woman to win the Olympic all-around title, beat out fellow London Olympians Serena Williams, Missy Franklin, and Allyson Felix, as well as Vancouver gold medalist Lindsey Vonn, and Paralympians Jessica Long and Tatyana McFadden for the award, which honors “exceptional performance” over the last year.

U.S. soccer star Alex Morgan earned Sportswoman of the Year for a team sport, which her teammate Abby Wambach won last year, and Olympian Kayla Harrison took home the Wilma Rudolph Courage Award after becoming the first American woman to win gold in judo.