In London, Gabby Douglas meets a royal, reflects on sudden fame

LONDON – Gabby Douglas is rubbing shoulders with royalty.

The 16-year-old gymnastics gold medalist said Thursday, “I met Kate, the duchess, that was a cool experience for me. She loved our leos (leotards).”

At a press conference, she reflected upon her sudden stardom — and, while showing some youthful innocence, she wasn’t lacking in confidence.

“I’ve always wanted to inspire people, and the thing about the Olympics, this quote ‘inspire a generation’ – so, you know, I can check that off my bucket list.

“I’m just so happy that more people are starting to come into the gymnastics world.”

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