Gabrielle Douglas

Biography Project for Mrs. Hemry's 8th grade Language Arts class
Made by OC 6th Hour

Gabrielle Douglas was born on December 31, 1995 in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Significant Events in History that Affected Gabrielle Douglas's life.

  • Martian Luther King's speech
  • Dominique Dawes winning gold at the 1991, 1996, and 2000 Olympics
  • When David slayed Goliath.(The Bible)

Gabrielle's Childhood

When Gabby was a young child she did not have a very good life. When she was a baby her family was homeless and living in their blue Doge van. She was also very sick with  branched chain ketoacidvna disease and almost died. when she was a little older her family moved around a lot. Once her mother could afford a house they moved in as soon as they could. Her parents got a divorce when Gabby was a young child. Her brother John was her best friend after her dad moved away because he reminded her so much of her dad. She often would dress in sweatpants and wear her hair back in a ponytail just like her brother would. After a while her mother was able to pay off all her debts and had a little extra money. In Gabby's free time her sister Arielle would teach her how to do simple gymnastic tricks. Her mother soon found out how much hidden talent Gabby had. After months of Arielle begging her mother to let Gabby do gymnastics she finally gave in. After that Gabby's career skyrocketed. She could master just about every trick she was taught. She steadily moved up in her levels and constantly won at competitions. Gabby has been doing amazing ever since.

People Who Influenced Gabby's Life

  • Natalie Hawkins(Gabbys' mother)-Taught Gabby how to love everyone even if they did not like her.
  • Arielle Douglas(Gabby's sister)- Inspired Gabby to start gymnastics.
  • John Douglas(Gabby's brother)- Taught Gabby  to not care what people think of her and to always do what you think is right.
  • Timothy Douglas(Gabby's dad)- Taught Gabby to never give up and to always stand up for what you believe in.
  • Loyelle Douglas(Gabby's other sister)- Inspired Gabby to try and be perfect and try your hardest in everything you do.

Unique facts...

  • At one time in Gabby's life she and her family were homeless.
  • Gabby had branched chain ketoacidvna disease and nearly died.
  • History was Gabby's favorite subject in school.
  • Gabby was very shy when she was little and would often cry when she had to play with other kids than her brother John.
  • Her nickname is the flying squirrel.
  • At one point in her gymnastics career she wanted to quit.


  • At a young age Gabby was accepted into TOPS talent opportunity program. associated with the USA gymnastic team.
  • Competed in the Junior Olympics at level four.
  • Ate age eight won level four all around gymnast competition and became the Virgina state champion.
  • Took gold in the world championships in 2011 in Tokyo along with her team mates.
  • Won two Olympic medals of the London summer games in 2012 winning the individual all around and along with her team wining the all around group.

The theme of Gabby's life was...

Gabby Douglas promoted the ideas that you should never give up for what you have been working so hard for. Never quit when you are so close to something you were striving towards. You should try your hardest everyday because if you aren't then what are you doing? Never give up on your self. Most of all go for the gold or whatever you are trying to accomplish.

Gabby's words of advice and what she has taught me...

  • Be brave and stand up for what you believe in, even when other people are threatening your life.
  • I just didn't know what to do, so I leaned on my faith.
  • Hard days are the best because that's when champions are made.
  • You just have to be yourself and go full with confidence and be courageous.

I never realized before reading this biography and watching these videos what an influence Gabby Douglas had on my life. I hope that one day or even now someone will look up to me and want to do the things that I have done. I hope one day people will all be influenced to go and strive for their dreams and to never give up on themselves.

Works Cited

"Gabby Douglas Olympics." BlackPressUSA. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Apr. 2014.

Douglas, Gabrielle, and Michelle Burford. Grace, Gold and Glory: My Leap of Faith: The Gabrielle Douglas Story. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print.

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