Gabby's godfather: "I knew this day would come"

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Posted on August 3, 2012 at 6:42 AM

Updated Friday, Aug 3 at 4:34 PM

VIRGINIA BEACH-As the world watched 16-year-old Gabby Douglas win her second Olympic gold medal, no one in Hampton Roads was prouder than her godfather.

Stacey Payton was up early Friday to talk live on 13News Daybreak. Wearing a Team Gabby T-shirt and holding an American flag, he said words can’t express how excited he is.

"I’ve seen her do those moves so many times before, but that night, this event, this moment, it was just truly breathtaking," he said. "She brought her A game last night, she was not playing."

He says he was a little nervous during the competition, but he really felt she was going to win Gold.

“I knew this day would come.”

He says Gabby and her mother know about the support and outpouring of good wishes for her from people in Hampton Roads.

"It’s hard to catch up with them. I’ve had the opportunity to skype with her mom, Natalie, several nights since she’s been in London. The more medals she collects, the harder it is to actually get in contact with her."

Douglas beat Russia's Viktoria Komova for the all-around title Thursday night, becoming the third straight U.S. athlete to win gymnastics' biggest prize and the first African-American to do so. It was her second gold medal of the London Games, coming two nights after she and her "Fierce Five" teammates gave the United States its first Olympic title since 1996.

Douglas beat Russia's Viktoria Komova for the all-around title Thursday night, becoming the third straight U.S. athlete to win gymnastics' biggest prize and the first African-American to do so. It was her second gold medal of the London Games, coming two nights after she and her "Fierce Five" teammates gave the United States its first Olympic title since 1996.

"It feels amazing to be the Olympic champion," Douglas said.

The Americans have been looking for their "next Mary Lou" since she won in 1984, and now they've got her in the 16-year-old Douglas. Throw in her adorable "Flying Squirrel" nickname and sweet backstory, and Douglas' two gold medals certainly won't be her only riches. "I haven't thought about that," Douglas said. "I just wanted to seize the moment. You have to learn how to enjoy the moment."

Douglas has two more events ahead to possibly bring home more gold- the uneven bars and the balance beam, Payton says.

And when the Olympics are over, he says Gabby will be returning to Hampton Roads and the family is planning a big celebration.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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