Royal fun for Douglas
Gabby Douglas won two Olympic gold medals, met the Duchess of Cambridge and made Serena Williams a fan.
What a trip.
The 16-year-old Olympic champion in all-around and key part of the United States’ team title recounted her London Games during a scene-stealing show Thursday at the IOC’s daily news conference.
Her performance at the microphone completely charmed Sebastian Coe, the London organizing committee chairman who sat beside her and looked across admiringly with indulgent smiles.
This should all bode well for her upcoming tour of network talk shows.
‘‘Life is going to change for me in a big way,’’ the 4-foot-11-inch gymnast told a room full of international media. ‘‘I heard cameras and camera crews are at the airport waiting for me. And it’s going to change in a big way that I'm not going to, you know, be prepared. But I'm so glad to go home and just see my family and my dogs.’’
Douglas spent Wednesday sightseeing with teammates, driving by Buckingham Palace — though she’s already had a brush with royalty. Prince William’s wife, the former Kate Middleton, met with the team at the arena Sunday.
‘‘She came up to us and she just congratulated us. We talked to her for a bit of a while,’’ Douglas said. ‘‘One of my teammates, Aly Raisman, she said that she loved her fashion.
‘‘So Kate said, well, she loved our [leotards], they looked so dynamic on the floor and that she is rooting for us and she was so proud of us.’’
One person has eluded Douglas.
‘‘I haven’t gotten to meet Usain [Bolt] yet. And we wanted to meet him so bad. I had a feeling we were going to meet him,’’ Douglas said.