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Gabby Douglas Will Be A Judge For Miss America 2017

The gold Olympian is turning from a contestant to a judge.

Gabby Douglas has had a tremendous athletic career. From being the first African-American woman to win an all-around Olympic gold medal to being the first to earn a position on a second USA Olympic team—her talent has been undeniable. So what could she possibly do next, now that her Olympic career has come to an end? It looks like beauty pageants.

In a statement released from Douglas' camp, she announced that she will be lending her hand as a judge for 2017's Miss America Competition, according to E!

"Miss America has been such an amazing event for so many years and I am excited to have the opportunity to judge the competition this year," read Douglas' statement. "The contestants are a great example of strong women across America and I especially look forward to hearing the platforms that each of them will represent!"

Douglas will be joining Mark Cuban, Sara FosterCole Swindell and former Miss America Sharlene Wells Hawkes as celebrity judges for the live broadcast. The show is set to premiere on ABC, Sunday, September 11. 

The exciting news comes a week after Douglas' emotional breakdown following the unfair controversy that plagued the gymnast during Rio's 2016 Olympics. Much congrats to the champ - you deserve it!

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