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Gabby Douglas coming to Spelman?

AP photo

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Could Olympic golden girl Gabby Douglas come to Atlanta for college?

We’re working on finding out more after TMZ posted a short item saying Spelman College made sure Douglas received a bag of congratulatory gear from the school following her triumphs in London.

A number of celebrities, including some with Atlanta connections, are among the throngs offering their well wishes via Twitter.

“Dreams do come true, Gabby!!! Congrats ‘All Around’” tweeted actress Raven-Symone while actress Gabrielle Union, who will be spending time here working on a new BET show “Being Mary Jane” tweeted, “GOLDEN GIRL!!! I’m in awe.”

“Vampire Diaries” actress Nina Dobrev upped the ante, tweeting, “I hear you’ll be coming to Atlanta soon :) I promise to personally show you around the set if you show me your gold metal!”

Added her “Vampire Diaries” co-shar Ian Somerhalder: “We’d like to congratulate you and the U.S. Women’s team on your gold medal! Go Team USA! Love, Ian.”

She’s also gotten Twitter love from President Barack Obama, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and Oprah Winfrey.

The gymnastics star is having a big time at the 2012 Games.

“I met Kate, the duchess, that was a cool experience for me,” she said during a press conference, the AP reported. “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.”

And this AP story reported that she “is the most clicked-upon athlete on NBC’s Olympics website,” and noted that “through Sunday, her profile on the site had more than 18 million page views. That’s far above the second-ranked athlete, swimmer Michael Phelps, whose profile had just over 7 million page views.”

202 comments Add your comment

Jacquie M.X.

August 9th, 2012
9:39 am

I love Spelman, but I think Gabby will be courted by many prestigious schools.

Karla

August 9th, 2012
9:39 am

Get it Gabby! Maybe she will choose Spelman when she graduates!

Sherry

August 9th, 2012
9:41 am

I hope she chooses a school that has a great gymnastics program so she can continue to excel.

KT

August 9th, 2012
9:45 am

Oh please! Spelman sends her a gift bag and now she might be going there? Talk about a slow news day.

tim

August 9th, 2012
9:47 am

The president of Spelman traveled to London to “recruit” Douglas.

And people wonder why the college lays off people and can’t pay the bills.

That’s a classic example how they waste money.

Frank Furter

August 9th, 2012
9:50 am

pat

August 9th, 2012
9:51 am

Spelman is a nice school, but they have nothing to offer Gabby. I know it is not true that the president was in London???? If so, I hope it was not at the school’s expense..

tyrone

August 9th, 2012
9:54 am

GIrlllllll Mm hmm I know that’s right

American

August 9th, 2012
9:55 am

OMG! No way will she attend Spelman! With her talent it would be a waste! A sin! There are too many universities with good gymnastic programs for her to settle on Spelman. Don’t get me wrong Spelman is a great school but it is not for any persons with athletics in mind. BTW if the president of Spelman went to recruit in London I would want her resignation PDQ!

J. J.

August 9th, 2012
9:56 am

Gabby is a treasure….she is so articulate and charming…Spelman material but many fine schools will seek her. YOU GO YOUNG LADY, SOAR!!!!!!!

G-BABY

August 9th, 2012
10:01 am

First of all, how do we all know if she will still be interested in gymnastics by time she get to college.

Get a clue

August 9th, 2012
10:07 am

Get a clue people. She can NOT participate on a college gymnastics team. She is a pro by accepting endorsements. Unlike Missy Franklin who has refused endorsements so she can swim in college.

just me

August 9th, 2012
10:19 am

Agree with ‘Get a clue’

Soon won’t be able to participate in a college gymnastics program because she’ll be Pro. So why not Spelman?

Southern woman

August 9th, 2012
10:20 am

To all the critics of Spelman’s recruiting practice of Gabrielle Douglas….unless you are a graduate shut up! Spelman is a private institution of higher education. Gymnastics, any sport, is a vehicle used to obtain an education and employment period.

Sandra

August 9th, 2012
10:24 am

There are a lot of Americans who live in London and I’m sure among them are one or two Spelman graduates. Per the report: she received a gift bag from Spelman. It didn’t say anyone hand delivered it.

Dicky Dicardo

August 9th, 2012
10:24 am

Does Spelman have a football program? Football is the only thing that matters in college.

-Signed,

Joe Paterno

Gormie

August 9th, 2012
10:26 am

@Frank Your band sucks!

@J.J. Nice racism!

sailor12

August 9th, 2012
10:29 am

I don’t think she can particapate in college sports because she is excepting money from Kellogs Corn Flakes.

Kat

August 9th, 2012
10:29 am

Agree with many on here. Gabby has only NOW to earn money and endorsements. Swimmers, such as Missy and Michael, have a longer shelf life so a swimming scholarship would do nicely.

Edna Fordham

August 9th, 2012
10:32 am

Spellman is a fine institution of learning but does not have an athletic program suitable for an olympic gymnist. It’s possible will try for the Olympics in 2016 and will need to be at a universiy that can accomodate her training needs.

Pam

August 9th, 2012
10:36 am

@Dicky Dicardo: LOL

No

August 9th, 2012
10:41 am

No. She is not going to Spelman. Girl can go anywhere. Why would she pick Spelman?

SuSu

August 9th, 2012
10:44 am

@Dicky Dicardo – Everything about your post – including your name – makes me laugh, and I needed that today. Thanks!

College Gymnastics??

August 9th, 2012
10:46 am

NCAA Division I Gymnastics would be a MAJOR step down for Gabby – her college choice will hinge on the best education possible for life after sport and access to facilities and coaches that can help her stay competitive for the 2016 games

Rob

August 9th, 2012
10:50 am

Get A Clue…. Actually, she could accept a college scholarship. In high school you are not banned from college sports because she hasn’t made that commitment to a college. She would have to refrain from “paid” work should she decide to go to college and participate in athletics.

For the rest of you MF’ers making closeted racist remarks about how articulate she is and that there will be far better universities… YES! I called you all some racist MF’ers…. Get a life.

Home Carebear

August 9th, 2012
10:59 am

You are assuming the she will be doing gymnastics in college. I think she will have her own personal trainer and manager and not want to be part of a college program. I believe that has happened before. She already has her team, the olympic team.

Lisa

August 9th, 2012
10:59 am

Spelman doesn’t even have a gymnastics program that will allow Gabby to train for the next Olympics. Unless she’s over gymnastics this wouldn’t be a good look for her.

Lisa

August 9th, 2012
11:04 am

Gabby knows better. Thanks for the gifts Spelman, but we’ll stick with a Division I gymnastics program.

Mike

August 9th, 2012
11:09 am

I will bet it’s not gonna be Spellman.

Jasmine

August 9th, 2012
11:13 am

I hope Gabby will compete in 2016. I hope she does go to college. I am not a Spelman Alumnus, but know Spelman is a great college. If Gabby decides to attend Spelman, I am sure some of the wealthy donors will make sure she receives state of the art training facility at Spelman, maybe her own training gym, The Gabrielle Douglas Gymnastics Facility. OMG, I can see the little girls lining up for gymnastics classes!

No NCAA Sports for Gabby

August 9th, 2012
11:18 am

Once Gabby took the endorsement to be on the cereal box she was considered pro. She can no longer compete in the NCAA. But I bet she is smart as a whip and will get scholastic scholarships out the whazoo.

RLP

August 9th, 2012
11:22 am

Gabby will have the opportunity to attend the best school and keep her training top notch.

GO_Spelman_Jaguars

August 9th, 2012
11:23 am

Why wouldn’t she go to Spelman College? One’s college years/experience is about coming into your own and not making money for white intuitions . White Universities across this country only want to use black students for their athletic abilities and to keep butts (fans/alumni) in the stadium seats.. That’s IT… Nothing else!!!!

As the great Bear Bryant stated in 1970 after University of Southern Cal beat Alabama by 19 points, “if we are going to compete against strong football programs, we are going to need some black players”. That’s all it’s about using black students for their physical attribute and less for their brains.

How many of you racist folks would be willing to forgo academic scholarships for black students as oppose to athletic seats. The first thing you would be saying it’s reverse discrimination. However, as long as it’s a bunch of dumb jockeys running a pig skin between the hedges or bouncing a basketball in Alexander Arena then you’re find with it.

She should go to Spelman and become a proud black woman because that’s who she is first. Prior to her winning the gold medal this entire country was on the band wagon for other young lady that slipped.

For the record, I am a WHITE MAN that have worked in higher education for over 15 years and have witness first hand out Universities take advantage of black students just for athletic reasons.

It’s not a free education when your entire time is spent training.

Go Spelman I hope you close the deal….

Emily

August 9th, 2012
11:33 am

S-P-E-L-M-A-N not double LLs

Seriously....

August 9th, 2012
11:34 am

The ole President goes to London huh… Why does tuition ALWAYS go up?? Best for the students huh….

Hollywould

August 9th, 2012
11:39 am

Go, Maybe you better check your resume as your spelling is atrocious. White Man my a@@

kgray

August 9th, 2012
11:49 am

Tim, the last time I checked and I attended Spelman, we didn’t have any male students enrolled. Quite frankly your opinion doesn’t matter nor does it count. Also, Spelman is a great college and many of your sucessful African-American women have attended and the same applied for Morehouse. I’m willing to bet my first born that you attended neither and perhaps not any college. Therefore, mind your business and keep your stupid comments to yourself.

GO_Spelman_Jaguars

August 9th, 2012
11:50 am

@ Hollywood, I welcome you to copy and paste my comments and tell me how many spelling errors show up. The only two errors were, find should have been FINE and secondly “first hand out = first hand how…

I suggest you make sure you know what you’re talking about prior to engaging in false accusations. For starters, upgrade your spell check and Spelman is spelled with one L and not two…..

Who?

August 9th, 2012
12:01 pm

Shut up Hollywould. You’re the racist.

Hollywould

August 9th, 2012
12:01 pm

Go, wake up man/ I never wrote the word Spelman. Forgot question mark, needed another word between “saying it’s” Where is this brilliant 15 year place of higher learning? Time to give up WHITE MAN!!

Shawn D

August 9th, 2012
12:03 pm

Moment of clarification to all those who assume they know the rules. Gabby CAN receive a scholarship though she has an endorsement from Kellogg….Olympic Athletes can receive up to a certain amount of money and still be considered amateur. As far as the swimmer mentioned her family did accept endorsements but they did not reach the threshold required to consider you a professional. Please get the facts people…..

Denise

August 9th, 2012
12:06 pm

Spelman thy name we praise! Standards and honor raise!

Spelman College is a wonderful institution. If you did not attend Spelman, you are not speaking from experience. I am. Attending Spelman was the single best decision that I ever made. From that came most of the great things that have ever happened in my life. Gabby would be blessed to become a part of the Spelman Sisterhood, just as we would be blessed to have her.

And, for the record, the pictures I saw of Gabby with the Spelman gift bag, it was NOT the College President with her. Plus, I’m sure the President can afford to go to London on her own and probably did not go to the Olympics just to meet Gabby Douglas.

lost in windy

August 9th, 2012
12:10 pm

It would be nice if she went to Spelman, however, she has accepted endorsements, so she is considered a pro and therefore not able to compete on the college level. Additionally, Spelman doesn’t have the facilities necessary for a Gabby Douglas to compete, even if she was able to. Maybe she will go there for the education as it is an excellent school.

shimmer

August 9th, 2012
12:10 pm

Spelman has had its own share of problems. If athletes of any color do not want athletic scholarships they can always refuse them and pay like the rest of us. Most colleges and Universities are a business and will offer the scholorships to the top athletes as well as the top academia. If Spelman did go and recruit Gabby they must have something in mind. They dont have a gymnastics team (which is her talent)They of course would want to somehow benefit from her being enrolled…besides her intelligence..Gabby will probably be coaching at top notch Olympic Team in her future. For now, she has to prepare for the next Olympics! I doubt she would like Atl.

Harriet W.

August 9th, 2012
12:15 pm

To those who aren’t familiar with the correct spelling, Spelman has one ‘L’ and is named after Laura Celestia Spelman Rockefeller. On behalf of all Spelman College Alumnae and HBCU’s, we welcome you Gabby!

Mdbrown99

August 9th, 2012
12:18 pm

If you don’t know anything about Spelman College, then let me put some names out there for you; Coretta Scott King, Bill & Camille Cosby, Oprah Winfrey, and Michelle Obama. This is no cheap small town school!!! There would be a mutual honor and privilege for Gabby and Spelman.

Who Cares

August 9th, 2012
12:20 pm

Why do the writers for the ajc keep hoping some of the people in the olympics are going to school in this area? This is an everyday story. Who gives a rats azz where they go to school. Why type of gymnastic program does Spellman have?

Donshay

August 9th, 2012
12:21 pm

Whoa. So many comments on this its ridiculous. Interesting how people will put their two cents into news gossip but not news. No disrespect to Gabby but why does I matter where she goes to college. And in regards to Spelm an…..if you are merely speculating about her “recruitment”, the President’s travels, and the colleges finances….maybe you should do something more to benefit your time. Our President has been traveling all over and shares her worldly experiences. Maybe those who are merely watching comments and refreshing their computer to keep up with them….maybe you all should travel and better yourselves. Debates based on personal opinion are a waste of time unless they are intellectually based. Racist, sexist talk is such a drag. Be blessed everyone. Its just a gossip article.

GJ

August 9th, 2012
12:22 pm

Hate to break it to you….but Spelman doesn’t even have a gymnastics team.

Who Cares

August 9th, 2012
12:25 pm

Just for all you Black Racist that are posting… The white gilr from the USA had just as many Gold Medals and Gabby plus a bronze. She won more medals at a single Olympics than any other American ever!!!!