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Olympic Influence: Strong is the New Pretty

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  • 5. Gabby becomes America's princess: Early in 2012, no one outside the gymnastics world knew who Gabby Douglas was, but all 4-feet-11-inches of her was ready for the big stage. She finished second to Jordyn Wieber at nationals, then won Trials over the world champ. When Wieber failed to qualify for the all-around, Gabby didn't hesitate to grab the title, becoming the first African-American to win the Olympic event. (Emmanuel Dunand, Getty Images)
  • 5. Gabby becomes America's princess: Early in 2012, no one outside the gymnastics world knew who Gabby Douglas was, but all 4-feet-11-inches of her was ready for the big stage. She finished second to Jordyn Wieber at nationals, then won Trials over the world champ. When Wieber failed to qualify for the all-around, Gabby didn't hesitate to grab the title, becoming the first African-American to win the Olympic event. (Emmanuel Dunand, Getty Images)
    

ATLANTA -- The Kardashians. Snookie. The girls from The Hills. We've seen plenty of people famous for all the wrong reasons -- or for no reason at all.

Our daughters are bombarded by overly sexualized images -- that tell them 'This is what it takes to be pretty, successful.'

Two weeks ago they got a new message.

That strong is the new pretty.

That success is earned by hard work -- not by perfect features.

That excellence is not measured by your dress size.

By the time they are 14 years old, girls drop out of sports at twice the rate of boys -- many probably answering that superficial siren call.

Let's hope that the message from these past two weeks - that a fierce competitive spirit --- and yes, grace in the face of failure -- will remind them, pretty is fleeting, strength is forever.

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