Gabby Douglas, the first African-American to win the all-around Olympic gymnastics title in London, was chosen The Associated Press female athlete of the year on Friday in a vote by U.S. editors and news directors.
Douglas received 48 of 157 votes, seven more than American swimmer Missy Franklin, who won four gold medals and a bronze in London. Serena Williams, who won Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and the London Games two years after her career was nearly derailed by health problems, was third with 24 votes.
Her autobiography, “Grace, Gold and Glory,” is No. 4 on the New York Times’ young adult list. She, Wieber and teammates Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney recently wrapped up a 40-city gymnastics tour. She met President Barack Obama last month. She turns 17 on Dec. 31.