Gold medalist Douglas has fan in Maddon

Gold medalist Douglas has fan in Maddon

ST. PETERSBURG -- American gymnast Gabby Douglas has undoubtedly gained thousands of new fans with her strong performance in the Olympics, which has seen her win a gold medal in both the individual and team all-around competitions.

One of Douglas' many new supporters is Rays manager Joe Maddon, who was impressed with how she handled the pressure on the big stage.

"She's incredible -- 16 years of age -- the poise of that girl is incredible," Maddon said. "I've been enjoying that. ... Her personality and her ability and the way she's pulled this off is phenomenal."

Maddon also joked that when he was 16 years old, he didn't have nearly the good coordination Douglas has.

"I just got my license, I'm running into telephone poles when I'm 16," Maddon joked. "It's unbelievable that she's able to do that."