Gabrielle Christina Victoria Douglas, known as Gabby Douglas is a retired American artistic gymnast. She was the all-around individual champion during the 2012 Summer Olympics and the 2015 World All-Around Silver Medal Finalist. She was also a member of the US gold-winning team called "Final Five" alongside Aly Raisman, Simone Biles, Madison Kocian and Laurie Hernandez.
Douglas was born on the 31st of December 1995 and grew up near Virginia Beach. She commenced training in the sport at the age of 6 and in 2002, she started training with Gymstrada. At the age of 8 and just shy of two years of training there, Douglas won the Level 4 All-Around gymnastics title at the 2004 Virginia State Championships.
When Douglas was just 14 years of age, she moved to Des Moines, Iowa to train full-time with renowned coach, Liang Chow. Then in 2010, she competed at the Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup where she placed fourth all-around.
In her first elite meet, the 2010 CoverGirl Classic, she placed 3rd on the balance beam, 6th on the vault and 9th in the all-around junior division. This really paved the way for her as an aspiring elite gymnast. In the 2010 U.S Junior National Championships, Douglas won silver on the Balance Beam, fourth All-Around and for Vault, and tied for 8th on Floor. On top of this, in the 2010 Pan American Championships, Douglas won the Uneven Bars title and a share in the US Team Gold Medal.
In Douglas' senior career, she was a part of the US Team that won gold. She also scored silver on the Floor, bronze for her Beam routine 4th for the All-Around and on Vault at the 2011 City of Jesolo Trophy in Italy. In the 2011 World Championships in Tokyo, Japan, Douglas also shared the US Team gold medal and placed fifth in the Uneven Bars event.
Watch some of her incredible routines below!
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