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Best New York Daily News photos of 2012

Gymnast Gabrielle Douglas competes in the uneven parallel bars at the AT American Cup on March 3, 2012 at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan, New York.

Looking at this picture, I got to thinking about the progression that got her to this level. How many thousands of back handsprings did she do on the floor to master the technique? Then, probably on a beam set on the floor. Then, all safety-harnessed to practice at regulation height. Imagine the thrill of landing an unharnessed back handspring on the beam for the very first time!