Gabby Douglas Facts

Gabby Douglas Facts
Gabby Douglas is an American gymnast and Olympic gold medal winner and first African American to become the individual all-around gold medal winner. She is also the first of any African descent to win the individual all-around champion. She was born Gabrielle Christina Victoria Douglas on December 31, 1995, in Newport, Virginia, to Natalie Hawkins- Douglas and Timothy Douglas. She was six when she began gymnastics training. When Gabby was eight she won the 2004 Virginia State Championships - Level 4 all-around gymnastics. At age 14 she moved to Iowa to train full-time. She went on to win many competitions and championships.
Interesting Gabby Douglas Facts:
Gabby Douglas was only 16 when she won the individual all-around gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England.
Gabby Douglas also won gold as part of Team USA at the Olympics the same year.
Gabby Douglas was the only competitor at the 2012 Olympics to qualify for the beam finals, bars, and individual all-around in her prelim performances.
During competition of the team finals at the 2012 Olympics Gabby Douglas' score in all four events was higher than anyone else in the event which helped bring the team to win gold.
Gabby Douglas almost quit gymnastics right before securing her spot on the 2012 Olympic team. She had decided she wanted to be able to be a normal teen.
Following the 2012 Olympics Gabby Douglas took a break from gymnastics. She had a tough time getting back into her gym routine after her break.
Gabby was the youngest of four children in her family, which is on Oxygen in a TV show called Douglas Family Gold.
A Barbie doll was created in honor of Gabby Douglas.
Gabby Douglas has written two books titled, Raising the Bar, and Grace, Gold, and Glory; My Leap of Faith.
Gabby Douglas' nickname is the Flying Squirrel because her national team coordinator thought it suited her due to her work on the uneven bars.
There was a Lifetime movie made about Gabby Douglas in 2014 titled The Gabby Douglas Story. She served as an executive producer on the movie, along with her mother.
Gabby Douglas trained for more than 18,000 hours to prepare for her first Olympics in 2012.
Gabby Douglas competed in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. She won her third Olympic gold medal in the team event.
In 2012 Gabby Douglas was named Female Athlete of the Year by the Associated Press.
Gabby Douglas came forward about being sexually abused as a teen by Larry Nassar, a former USA Gymnastics doctor.
Gabby Douglas has won many awards including National Championships for Uneven Bars in 2011 and 2012, All-Around in 2012, and Floor Exercise in 2012.
Gabby Douglas won the World Championships in 2011 and 2015 (team) and Individual All-Around in 2015.
Gabby Douglas won the All-Around in 2016 at the American Cup.
Gabby Douglas won the Pacific Rim Championships in 2012 for Team and Uneven Bars.
Gabby's nicknames also include Gab, Gabby, and Bri.

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