Olympic gymnast Gabrielle Douglas will go down in African-American history as the first black woman in her sport to win the all-around gold. Now, thanks to her donation to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, mementos from her 2012 London Olympic Games triumph will go with her, the Huffington Post reports.
The Virginia Beach, Va., native is giving the museum the leotard she wore during her first competitive season in 2003. She’s also giving the wrist tape and uneven bar grips she used in the 2012 Olympics, as well as her mother’s ticket to the games, personal photos and her Olympic credentials.
The items go on display Friday at the National Museum of American History. The black history museum is slated to open in 2015.
Douglas has been making the Hollywood rounds since her win, attending award shows and making television cameos. Now, even if she makes a complete transition from athlete to A-lister, we’ll have physical reminders about what made her “America’s Sweetheart” ‘ in the first place.
Read more at the Huffington Post.