Gymnastics’ newest cover girl Gabby Douglas may be fielding tweets from A-list celebrities ranging from Oprah to Justin Bieber (and the greatest Olympian of all time Michael Phelps, who said he watched her from the pool!), but before the tweets from the “who’s who” of Hollywood were tweets of Bible verses and confessions of faith.
Douglas’ latest Bible verse tweet occurred on Friday, the day after her historic Olympic win making her the first African-American and person of color to win the women’s gymnastics all-around. She tweeted a verse from Romans 12:19: “Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord'” (ESV).
The biblically-inspired tweet came a day after she thanked God in front of millions of viewers Thursday for her second Olympic gold medal during an NBC interview: “And I give all the glory to God. It’s kind of a win-win situation. The glory goes up to Him and the blessings fall down on me,” she said.
Douglas, 16, comes from a devout Christian family. The full name of the 4’11 bubbly teenager, dubbed the “Flying Squirrel” for her soaring on the uneven bars, is Gabrielle Christina Victoria Douglas. “Her name means, ‘God’s abled-bodied one.’ … She was the underdog going into the women’s gymnastics individual all-around event, not even expected to qualify. But she outscored 2011 World Champion and fellow U.S. teammate Jordyn Wieber and made the cut to compete.
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