In the 2012 London games, Douglas won Olympic gold at the age of 16 making her the first African American woman to win gold in the individual all-around competition as well as the first woman of color of any nationality to win the event. She is also the first American gymnast ever to win both the team and individual all-around gold at the same Olympics.
The Virginia Beach, Virginia native is giving the museum the following items:
- Leotard she wore during her first competitive season in 2003
- Wrist tape and uneven bar grips she used in the 2012 Olympics
- Her mother's ticket to the games
- Personal photos
- Olympic credentials
The items go on display Friday, Feb. 1 at the National Museum of American History.
The black history museum is slated to open in 2015.