Her most notable accomplishments include winning the all-around gymnastics competition at the Olympic Games in 2012 and being a member of the American artistic gymnastics teams that won gold in both 2012 and 2016.
Gabrielle Christina Victoria Douglas made her debut into the world on the 31st of December, 1995 in Newport News, Virginia. Her parents, Timothy Douglas and Natalie Hawkins-Douglas, brought her up in Virginia Beach, where they have made their home. She is the youngest of three children, with two elder sisters named Arielle and Joyelle, and an older brother named Johnathan.
After her older sister successfully persuaded their mother to sign Douglas up for gymnastics courses when she was just six years old, Douglas immediately began her training in the sport. She made rapid strides during her training, and by the time she was eight years old, she had already triumphed at the 2004 Virginia State Championships in the Level 4 all-around gymnastics competition.
Although her family remained in Virginia, she moved to Des Moines, Iowa, when she was fourteen years old so that she could train gymnastics full-time with the well-known gymnastics coach Liang Chow. Her family continued to live in Virginia. Her future in gymnastics appeared to hold a great deal of potential. During her time in Iowa, she shared a home with Travis and Missy Parton, along with the couple’s four daughters. One of the Parton daughters worked out with Chow at the same time. Since she was in the third grade, she has been educated at home because her training schedule is so demanding.
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At the US Classic held in Houston, Texas, in 2008, Douglas made her first appearance on a global stage. She achieved a tenth place finish in the all-around rankings at that competition. During the same year, she competed at the 2008 Visa Championships in Boston, Massachusetts, and finished in 16th place. As a result of her standings, she was not qualified to compete for a spot on the Junior Women’s National Team in 2008.
Then, in 2009, she experienced a setback when she fractured the growth plate in her wrist. This caused her to experience significant pain. Due to the injury, she was unable to compete in the 2009 Covergirl US Classic and did not play up to her capabilities in the 2009 Visa Championships (she only competed on balance beam and floor exercise).
Throughout the remainder of her junior gymnastics career, she participated in a number of competitions, some of which include the 2010 CoverGirl Classic, the 2010 Pan American Championships, and the 2010 Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup (which was her first elite meet).
She moved on to her senior gymnastics career in 2011, the same year that the United States team won gold at the City of Jesolo Trophy in Italy and also won gold at the 2011 World Championships. She was a member of both of these successful teams for the United States. She also did well as a solo competitor, earning a silver medal on the uneven bars at the CoverGirl Classic in Chicago in the same year and a bronze medal on the bars at the US National Championships in 2011.
The following year, in 2012, she competed in the women’s competition at the AT&T American Cup and, despite the fact that she was merely an alternate, she achieved the highest total all-around score. The year 2012 only continued to get better for Douglas, as she was a member of the US team that won gold at the Pacific Rim Championships; won gold in uneven bars, silver in the all-around, and bronze in floor at the US National Championships; and then secured the only guaranteed spot on the US women’s Olympic gymnastics team by placing first in the all-around at the 2012 Olympic Trials. In total, Douglas had three victories in 2012.
Together with her colleagues Jordyn Wieber, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, and Kyla Ross, Douglas competed for the United States of America in the gymnastics competition at the Summer Olympics in London in 2012. As a group, they were referred to as the “Fierce Five,” and they were successful enough to earn the gold medal in the team competition at the London Olympics.
This was the first time the American team has won gold in the team event since the “Magnificent Seven” gymnasts won it in 1996 at the Summer Olympics in Atlanta. That group included gymnasts such as Shannon Miller, Dominique Moceanu, Kerri Strug, and Dominique Dawes. Her achievements at the Olympics were only the beginning.
In addition, Douglas took home the gold medal in the individual all-around competition at the Olympics in 2012. She was the first African-American woman (and the first woman of color of any nationality) to win this competition, and she was also only the fourth American woman to ever accomplish this feat. Her victory helped make history. In addition, she made history by becoming the first American gymnast in the annals of the sport to win gold in both the team and individual all-around competitions at the same Olympics.
Following her participation in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Gabby Douglas continued to put in significant effort in the gym and compete in a variety of events on a national and international level before qualifying for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro as a member of the United States women’s gymnastics team.
She competed in the team event at the 2016 Olympics and earned her third Olympic gold medal. Her teammates were Simone Biles, Laurie Hernandez, Madison Kocian, and Aly Raisman. Together, they were known as the “Final Five.”
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Outside of the realm of competition, Douglas has been involved in a variety of other activities and endeavors. The autobiography “Grace, Gold, and Glory: My Leap of Faith” is one of these efforts. It was published in December 2012 and made its debut at number four on the New York Times Young Adult Bestseller List. In 2013, she published her second book, titled “Raising the Bar,” as a follow-up to first one.
It was announced in 2012 that she would take part in an advertisement campaign for the video game “New Super Mario Bros. 2,” which was developed and published by Nintendo. She was a guest star on the episode of “Kickin It” that aired on Disney XD in 2013, and she also had a role on the episode of “Undercover Boss” that aired in 2018.
In addition, “The Gabby Douglas Story,” a television movie that was produced for Lifetime and broadcast on February 1, 2014, was also broadcast. Imani Hakim played the lead role in the movie, and Douglas did all of the gymnastics stunts. In May of 2016, her very own reality program, entitled “Douglas Family Gold,” made its debut on the Oxygen channel. In addition, on July 11, 2016, exactly one day after she was named to the American Olympic team for gymnastics in 2016, she made the introduction of her new Barbie Shero “Gymnast Barbie” doll, which was modeled like her. She was the inspiration for the doll.
American artistic gymnast and Olympian Gabby Douglas has a net worth of $4 million. Douglas competed for the United States in the 2008 Summer Olympics.