Gabby Douglas lives and trains in West Des Moines, but don’t think Virginia Beach doesn’t claim Gabby too. A likeness of the hometown hero covers the outside wall of a Virginia Beach restaurant. The mural’s artists started work on Monday and finished it Thursday. Douglas says she plans to return to her original hometown before returning to Iowa, her second home. Gabby is the first American woman to win the all-around gold and the team gold.
And another sign of her fast-rising fame, Gabby’s on the cover of People Magazine. The article inside also features her coach, Liang Chow, and her West Des Moines host family, the Partons.