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Unless you’ve been living in a media black hole, you know that 16-year-old Gabby Doublas of Virginia Beach, U-S-A won gold in the women’s gymnastics all-around final on Thursday: USA’s Gabby Douglas crowned Olympic champion in dramatic gymnastics all-around final.

And if you’ve been watching, you’ve definitely seen that behind this high-flying pint-sized powerhouse is one hell of a coach, Liang Chow, who’s had his own extraordinary journey as a gymnast on China’s national team to becoming one of the leading women’s gymnastics coaches in the world.

I love that photo above. America, indeed. Here’s a cool TIME profile on Liang Chow from last week: Liang Chow’s Gymnastics Coaching Journey: From Beijing to West Des Moines.(via angry asian man)

2 Years Later: The First Instagram Photo

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Two years ago today, we tested the first photo upload to an app we called Codename. Three months later, in October 2010, Instagram launched to the public.

Today, 1 year and 9 months later, over 50 million people have shared more than 1 billion photos on Instagram. We’re humbled by the amazing photos shared every day on Instagram and the incredible community that’s formed around the application.

From everyone here at Instagram HQ, thanks for being part of the Instagram community!

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