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August 3rd, 2012
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Former gymnast Dominique Dawes explains what Gabby Douglas can expect now that she's won gold

America's new golden girl Gabby Douglas became the third straight American and the first African-American to win the women's individual all around gymnastics gold medal in London last night.

The 16-year-old gymnast led from the start of the competition and performed nearly flawlessly on all four events, beating out Russia's Viktoria Komova and Aliya Mustafina.

Fellow American Aly Raisman finished with the same score as Mustafina, but missed out on the bronze medal because of a tie-breaker rule that combined scores from the top three routines for each girl.

Dominique Dawes, a member of the "Magnificent Seven" on the 1996 gold-medal winning team, is the only other African American woman to win an individual Olympic medal in gymnastics.

Dawes sits down with Soledad O'Brien on Starting Point this morning to discuss the significance of Douglas' win for the African American community and to respond to people who have been criticizing the gymnast's hair.

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