US gymnast star wins all-around, with help from her Chinese-born coach

I admit I’ve been rooting for China during the Olympics, but one US gold medal got me pretty fired up. Gymnast Gabby Douglas won the US all-around gold, making her the first African-American woman to win the highest individual medal in gymnastics.  Gotta love the picture below, which came with the caption: “Gabrielle Douglas, the first African American woman to win the all-around gold medal in gymnastics, celebrating with Liang Chow, her Chinese-born coach.”

Liang Chow was on China’s national gymnastics team for more than decade, and was also the personal coach of Shawn Johnson, a gold medalist at the Beijing Olympics. After he moved to the US in 1990, he coached the men’s and women’s gymnastics teams at the University of Iowa. He now has his own training facility, the Chow’s Gymnastics & Dance Institute, in Des Moines, Iowa.  Chow, who is originally from Beijing, became an American in 2002.

(Thanks, RAMA!)

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