NEW YORK -- Olympic gold-medal gymnast Gabrielle Douglas was born in Virginia Beach, Va., not far from the childhood home of Mets star David Wright. So when Douglas appeared at Citi Field on Thursday to throw out the ceremonial first pitch, she had one other item on her agenda.
"I want to meet him," Douglas said with her trademark smile.
The opportunity came moments later, when Douglas posed for pictures and briefly chatted with Wright on the field. Then she threw out the ceremonial first pitch, drawing cheers and whistles from the fans at Citi Field.
It was not the gymnast's first experience on the mound. Before leaving for the Olympics, Douglas, who trains in Iowa, threw out the ceremonial first pitch at a Triple-A Iowa Cubs game.
"But this is like major, so I'm a little more nervous," Douglas said, laughing. "Everyone just tells me to throw the ball hard, so I'm going to throw it hard."
Douglas became an overnight sensation earlier this month when she won the women's all-around competition in London, also helping the Americans win gold in the team competition. Since that time, she has experienced a whirlwind tour of the nation, appearing on the David Letterman and Jay Leno shows, among others.
At Citi Field alone, Douglas spent a half hour doing around a dozen on-camera interviews with various television outlets.
But her hours of training will begin again soon, with Douglas setting her sights on the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
"I definitely want to continue in this sport, because I love it and I feel that I can accomplish more," Douglas said. "I want to have so many more experiences."