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Gabby Douglas Gets Cereal Box Billing

Kellogg’s announced Friday it will feature Gabby Douglas on special-edition boxes of Corn Flakes this fall.

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    Lauren Jiggetts
    Gabby Douglas' sister Arielle Hawkins proudly shows off the Kellogg's Corn Flakes box.

    Gabby Douglas' golden moment is getting the cereal box treatment.

    Kellogg’s announced Friday it will feature a podium photo of the women's gymnastics star wearing her 2012 Olympic gold medal on special-edition boxes of Corn Flakes this fall. Traditionally Olympic athletes have starred on the front of a Wheaties box instead of a Kellogg's box.

    "The support from fans around the country has been amazing," Douglas said in a statement, "and it's a huge honor to see ourselves on a cereal box that our fans can all own and enjoy!"

    The company picked Douglas, whose family has roots in Gary, Ind., after she helped the U.S. women's gymnastics team snag its first gold since the Magnificent Seven's reign at the 1996 Atlanta Games. She went on to win a second gold in the individual competition, the third consecutive American gymnast to do so.

    Douglas said the whole experience has yet to hit home for her.

    "It feels amazing," Douglas told NBC Chicago. "It has not sunk in yet. Nastia [Liukin], Carly [Patterson] and Mary Lou Retton told me it is not going to sink in until you get home. You see all your posters and signs everywhere, I’m so excited."

    Douglas' family proudly showed off her Kellogg’s box Friday afternoon to reporters and recalled seeing Gabby earn gold.

    "I am so incredibly proud of her," her mom, Natalie Hawkins, said. "We knew she had it in her, the question was could she bring it all together when the moment counted. She did. And she did it in an amazing way. I'm just elated right now."

    "It was overwhelming," said Arielle Hawkins, Douglas' oldest sister. "All the blood, sweet, tears that she put into this dream and sacrificed, to see her seize that moment and to stand on that podium and then they put the gold medal around her neck, I started crying. It’s so amazing."

    Douglas admitted she was a little nervous on the beam during competition, but she told herself to believe and stay calm.

    It worked.

    "My name is definitely in the history books," Douglas said. "I’ve made it. I can check it off my bucket list."