Gabby Douglas

By: Shametrius, Everly, Iteria, Brianna

Quote By Gabby

“I just want people to know it took a lot. It took a lot of hard days in the gym and determination, passion and drive. Gold medals are made out of your sweat, blood and tears, and effort in the gym every day, and sacrificing a lot.”


—Gabby Douglas

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Gabby Douglas

Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas is best known as the first African American to win the individual all-around event. She also won a team gold medal for the U.S. at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Synopsis

Gabrielle Douglas was born on December 31, 1995, in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Gabby Douglas began formal gymnastics training at 6 years old and won a state championship by the time she was 8. She moved away from her hometown and family in 2010 to pursue training with a world-renowned Olympic trainer, and was selected to compete with the U.S. Olympic women's gymnastics team at the 2012 Summer Olympics. There, Douglas became the first African American to win gold in the individual all-around event. She also won a team gold medal with teammates Aly Raisman, Kyla Ross, McKayla Maroney and Jordyn Wieber.

How It All Started

Gabrielle was introduced to gymnastics by way of a cartwheel. Her older sister, Arielle – a former gymnast and competitive cheerleader, was determined to teach the toddler the sport she loved. Gabrielle immediately picked up her older sister’s love of the sport and soon taught herself how to do a one armed cartwheel.Although a four year old Gabrielle vividly remembers flipping around the house and off the furniture, there was a bit of a delay in beginning her formal training. After two years of poking and prodding, Arielle convinced their mother, Natalie Hawkins, to allow Gabrielle to train at a local gym. Once formal training began, another two years was all it took for Virginia to crown Gabrielle as the new 2004 Gymnastics State Champion.

About Her Book

In the 2012 London Olympics, US gymnast Gabrielle Douglas stole hearts and flew high as the All-Around Gold Medal winner, as well as acting as a critical member of the US gold-medal-winning women gymnastics team. In this personal autobiography, Gabrielle tells her story of faith, perseverance, and determination, demonstrating you can reach your dreams if you let yourself soar.

Accomplishments


2015

  • US National Team Member
  • City Of Jesolo Trophy Team Gold Medalist
  • US Secret Classic 2nd All-Around
  • P&G Championships 4th-Uneven Bars; 5th-All Around; 6th-Floor Exercise
  • World Championships All-Around Silver Medalist
  • World Championships Team Gold Medalist



2012

  • Olympic All-Around Gold Medalist
  • Olympic Team Gold Medalist
  • US Olympic Trials All-Around Trials Champion
  • US Olympic Trials Uneven Bars Gold Medalist (tie)
  • Pacific Rim Uneven Bars Gold Medalist
  • Secret US Classic Uneven Bars Gold Medalist
  • US National Championships All-Around Silver Medalist
  • US National Championships Uneven Bars Gold Medalist
  • US National Championships Floor Exercise Bronze Medalist



2011

  • 2011 World Championships Team Gold Medalist



2010

  • 2010 US Junior National Championship Beam Silver Medalist
  • 2010 Pan American Championships Uneven Bars Gold Medalist
  • 3-time US National Team Member