2. Gabby Douglas Makes History
Two nights after helping team USA win their first team gold medal since 1996, she continued her historic Olympic run: Gabby became the first African-American woman to win a gold medal in all-around gymnastics and the first American to win gold in both events in the same Olympiad.
She has dealt with a lot since being thrust into the spotlight. Ignorant people made fun of her hair on Twitter, NBC picked a bad time to air a certain commercial, and she recently told Oprah during an interview that she was bullied and called a "slave" at her old Virginia Beach gym. That's a lot for a 16-year-old girl to be going through. On the bright side, Gabby will have her own special-edition Corn Flakes box in the fall and is a role model for children of color everywhere.