Monday, August 13, 2012

We Interrupt This Program...

To bring you this special announcement:  She did it!  Our Hometown Girl, Gabby Douglas, from Virginia Beach, has won the team gold and all-around gold in the Olympics.  She is the first American gymnast to win both those medals, and also the first female African American to win the top individual prize.



This mural is 8' x30' and sits on the east-facing wall of AJ Gator's.  I went early in the morning to avoid having a parking lot full of cars.  As it was, there were others there to do the same thing - acknowledge the accomplishment of one of our own.
Todd Lindbergh, of T.A.L.Ent, completed the mural in 3 days of super hot mornings and afternoon rains.  Todd and his brother, Eric, have painted quite a few murals in Virginia Beach, honoring firefighters, fallen police officers (I have posted these on previous Monday Murals), and mascot murals for schools.  There is also a mural that was painted after the Navy jet crashed into the Mayfair Mews apartment complex earlier this year.  That one will be featured in another post.

Thanks to the brothers, and the owners of AJ Gators, for providing this beautiful mural!

Linking to Monday Murals.

25 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Congrats to Gabby. What a cool mural. Great shot, Linda!

s.c said...

Yes we are getting a lot olympic murals these days but yours is very well executed.

biebkriebels said...

She was great and I like the mural, a nice tribute.

Andy said...

Nice to see the locals honouring a local. The artist is saying it loud and clear.

Sheeps and Peeps Farm said...

Wonderful recognition of her great accomplishments!
Thank you for sharing it.

Jan n Jer said...

What an honor! Great work of great talent!

My Journey With Candida said...

Yay Gabby!! Congratulations to your Hometown Girl!! Sweet success.

Red said...

Home town heroes are a big influence to their fellow citizens. Congratulations to Gabby.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Congrats to your Hometown hero, Gabby. She was so fun to watch! What a beautiful mural to honor her.

TexWisGirl said...

that is awesome! he really got it done in quick fashion! wonderful!

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Wait till she sees that. I wonder what her reaction would be. They did a wonderful job.

Brian King said...

Congrats to her and all of the Team USA members! That's a gorgeous mural!

Oakland Daily Photo said...

I can't believe how fast they got this up. And there's nothing slapdash about it either. She will be thrilled when she sees it. Knowing her hometown is so proud of her is icing on the cake. Congrats to her and all of Team USA. Thanks for contributing to Monday Mural.

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

What a great mural!! Congrats to Gabby and to all the USA team!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

...and she's BEAUTiful!!!!!

Candy C. said...

Congratulations to Gabby! She did an outstanding job at the Olympics! This mural is beautiful, they did excellent work! Thanks for sharing it with us! :)

Francisca said...

This mural is an honor to Gabby, who has made her home town and country proud. It's a testament to our "one world" that her coach is Chinese. Liang Chow was also the coach of the American medalist gymnast Shawn Johnson. :-)

Island Rambles Blog said...

How exciting for your town and for Gabby, I watched her interview on the Olympics and her smile is amazing too!!

RedPat said...

Fast work! Thanks for showing it.

La Principessa Errante said...

Wow - puts a tear of pride in my eye. Thank you for sharing!

Kate said...

They certainly didn't waste any time getting that mural up!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Marvelous mural Linda, and huge congratulations to Gabby..she's such a lovely looking girl too.

Rita said...

Amazing artist that could do this so quickly and so well.

I know she will be so proud of the reception of her home town. I also know we will be seeing a lot more of Gabby for years to come.

kaye said...

How exciting--she did do a superb job. And I love her smile.

NixBlog said...

Great tribute to a great athlete!