Gabrielle Douglas

By: Michaela

Early Life

Gabrielle also known as Gabby was born VIrginia Beach,VA on December 31,1995. Her parents areTimothy Douglas and Natalie Hawking. She grow up as the youngest of 4. Having 2 older sister named Arielle, Joyelle and 1 brother named Johnathan. First introduced to gymnastics by her older sister Arielle who tought her do to a cartwheel. Years later Gabby tought her self to do a one-handed cartwheel. As Gabrielle fliped off fruniture in the house, her older sister Arielle decided to convice her mom to put her in a community gym.

Struggles

Gabrielle had to go through a lot to get to where she is. For a little bit of her life she lived in texas. When she lived in texas for a period of time she was homeless living in a van with her other siblings and parents. Also while training for the Olympics Gabrielle had to live with a host family to train with Liang Chow. Getting homesick Gabby was about to quit. All she did though was push on.
Gabby Douglas - Floor - 2012 Visa Championships - Sr. Women - Day 2

OLYMPICS

Olympics

When Gabby got to the Olympic trails she was outstanding. Toward the end of trails where they see who will be on the 2012 Olymic Gymnastic team. Gabby got first so she automadicly got a spot. Her teammates are Jordan Wieber,McKayla,Maroney,Ali Raisman and Kayla Ross. She was the first African-American to get the all-around gold. Also the first person ever to get the all-around and team gold in the same olympics.

Accomplishments

  • 2012 Olympic All-Around Gold Medalist
  • 2012 Olympic Team Gold Medalist
  • 2012 US Olympic Trials All-Around Trials Champion
  • 2012 US Olympic Trials Uneven Bars Gold Medalist (tie)
  • 2012 Pacific Rim Uneven Bars Gold Medalist
  • 2012 Secret US Classic Uneven Bars Gold Medalist
  • 2012 US National Championships All-Around Sliver Medalist
  • 2012 US National Championships Uneven Bars Gold Medalist
  • 2012 US National Championships Floor Exercise Bronze Medalist
  • 2011 World Championships Team Gold Medalist
  • 2010 US Junior National Championship Beam Silver Medalist
  • 2010 Pan American Championships Uneven Bars Gold Medalist
  • 3-time US National Team Member

Quotes

  • Gold medals are made out of SWEAT,BLOOD,TEARS and Effort in the gym evryday
  • You have to be yourself and go full with confidence and be couragous