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‘Queen of Gymnastics’ is top female

Diminutive gymnast turns big game and big smile into a big prize
Gabrielle Douglas, who became the first black gymnast to claim gymnastics’ biggest prize – the all-around Olympic title – won The Associated Press’ Female Athlete of the Year award Friday, and she won it in the same dominant fashion that she displayed at this year’s London Games.
Gabrielle Douglas uprooted herself from her Virginia Beach, Va., home to train with gymnastics coach Liang Chow in West Des Moines, Iowa. Douglas’ sacrifice and the two’s teamwork led to the Americans’ domination at this year’s London Games, and it eventually led to Douglas’ honor as the AP Female Athlete of the Year.
Gabrielle Douglas of Virginia Beach, Va., won over Americans and sporting fans everywhere with her smile and her all-around game at this year’s London Games. The teenager won the “Queen of Gymnastics” title, and her efforts continue to transcend sport. On Friday, she was named AP Female Athlete of the Year.
AP Female Athlete of the Year

2012 Female Athlete of the Year Voting



x-write-in candidate



Gabby Douglas, 48

Missy Franklin, 41

Serena Williams, 24

Britney Griner, 18

Lindsey Vonn, 18

Allyson Felix, 3

Carli Lloyd, 2

x-Jennifer Suhr, 1

x-Alex Morgan, 1

Sanya Richards-Ross, 1

Tamika Catchings, 1







AP Female Athletes of the Year



x-both male and female winner were from the same sport



2012 – Gabby Douglas, gymnastics

2011 – Abby Wambach, soccer

2010 – Lindsey Vonn, skiing

2009 – Serena Williams, tennis

2008 – Candace Parker, basketball

2007 – Lorena Ochoa, golf

2006 – x-Lorena Ochoa, golf

2005 – Annika Sorenstam, golf

2004 – Annika Sorenstam, golf

2003 – Annika Sorenstam, golf

2002 – Serena Williams, tennis

2001 – Jennifer Capriati, tennis

2000 – Marion Jones, track

1999 – U.S. soccer team

1998 – Se Ri Pak, golf

1997 – Martina Hingis, tennis

1996 – Amy Van Dyken, swimming

1995 – Rebecca Lobo, basketball

1994 – Bonnie Blair, speedskating

1993 – Sheryl Swoopes, basketball

1992 – Monica Seles, tennis

1991 – Monica Seles, tennis

1990 – Beth Daniel, golf

1989 – Steffi Graf, tennis

1988 – Florence Griffith Joyner, track and field

1987 – Jackie Joyner-Kersee, track and field

1986 – Martina Navratilova, tennis

1985 – Nancy Lopez, golf

1984 – Mary Lou Retton, gymnastics

1983 – Martina Navratilova, tennis

1982 – Mary Decker Tabb, track



1981 – x-Tracy Austin, tennis

1980 – Chris Evert Lloyd, tennis

1979 – Tracy Austin, tennis

1978 – Nancy Lopez, golf

1977 – Chris Evert, tennis

1976 – Nadia Comaneci, gymnastics

1975 – Chris Evert, tennis

1974 – Chris Evert, tennis

1973 – Billie Jean King, tennis

1972 – Olga Korbut, gymnastics

1971 – Evonne Goolagong, tennis

1970 – Chi Cheng, track

1969 – Debbie Meyer, swimming

1968 – Peggy Fleming, figure skating

1967 – Billie Jean King, tennis

1966 – Kathy Whitworth, golf

1965 – Kathy Whitworth, golf

1964 – Mickey Wright, golf

1963 – Mickey Wright, golf

1962 – Dawn Fraser, swimming

1961 – Wilma Rudolph, track

1960 – Wilma Rudolph, track

1959 – Maria Bueno, tennis

1958 – Althea Gibson, tennis

1957 – Althea Gibson, tennis

1956 – Pat McCormick, diving

1955 – Patty Berg, golf

1954 – Babe Didrikson Zaharias, golf

1953 – Maureen Connolly, tennis

1952 – Maureen Connolly, tennis

1951 – Maureen Connolly, tennis



1950 – Babe Didrikson Zaharias, golf

1949 – Marlene Bauer, golf

1948 – Fanny Blankers-Koen, track

1947 – Babe Didrikson Zaharias, golf

1946 – Babe Didrikson Zaharias, golf

1945 – x-Babe Didrikson Zaharias, golf

1944 – Ann Curtis, swimming

1943 – Patty Berg, golf

1942 – Gloria Callen, swimming

1941 – Betty Hicks Newell, golf

1940 – Alice Marble, tennis

1939 – Alice Marble, tennis

1938 – Patty Berg, golf

1937 – Katherine Rawls, swimming

1936 – x-Helen Stephens, track

1935 – Helen Wills Moody, tennis

1934 – Virginia Van Wie, golf

1933 – Helen Jacobs, tennis

1932 – Babe Didrikson, track

1931 – Helene Madison, swimming

‘Queen of Gymnastics’ is top female

Gabrielle Douglas, who became the first black gymnast to claim gymnastics’ biggest prize – the all-around Olympic title – won The Associated Press’ Female Athlete of the Year award Friday, and she won it in the same dominant fashion that she displayed at this year’s London Games.
Gabrielle Douglas uprooted herself from her Virginia Beach, Va., home to train with gymnastics coach Liang Chow in West Des Moines, Iowa. Douglas’ sacrifice and the two’s teamwork led to the Americans’ domination at this year’s London Games, and it eventually led to Douglas’ honor as the AP Female Athlete of the Year.
Gabrielle Douglas of Virginia Beach, Va., won over Americans and sporting fans everywhere with her smile and her all-around game at this year’s London Games. The teenager won the “Queen of Gymnastics” title, and her efforts continue to transcend sport. On Friday, she was named AP Female Athlete of the Year.
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