Condoleezza Rice — Gabby Douglas is an African-American Hero

Condoleezza Rice is a big fan of U.S.gymnastics superstar Gabby Douglas … telling TMZ she’s “thrilled” for the 16-year-old’s “momentous accomplishment as the first African-American” to win a gold medal at the Olympics in the all-around competition.

Rice  — who was the first African-American Secretary of State — says she’s been following the ENTIRE U.S. Women’s Gymnastics team at the 2012 Games … telling us the girls have been “incredible” to watch.

“Proud of their team gold and thrilled for Gabby Douglas and her momentous accomplishment as the first African-American to win the individual all-around gymnastics title, ” Rice says.

She adds, “These young women are full of grace and poise.”

Go USA!

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