Gabby Douglas

By: Hannah Carrisalez

Early life!

Gabby's full name is Gabrielle Christina Victoria Douglas.

She was born December 31, 1995

Her parents are Timothy and Natalie Douglas!

She has 3 siblings 2 sisters, Arielle and Joyelle, and 1 brother Johnathan

Her sister thought Gabby was so good she begged her mom to put her in classes!

She was in level 4 at age 8. Gabby was at level 7 at age 9 (2007). Level 9 at age 13 (2008). Current level- senior.

Gabby's Aunt and mom!

U.S. finals



For media inquiries and appearances contact:

Shade Global
10 East 40th Street, 48th Floor
New York, NY 10016
212.307.5128 (p)
212.265.7680 (f)

To contact Gabby:
If you are interested in writing Gabby, please send a self addressed stamped envelope to:

Gabrielle Douglas
c/o Chow's Gymnastics
2210 Park Drive
West Des Moines, IA 50265-5767 Current 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2005 2004

Her book finsed December 4, 2012

The “Flying Squirrel” became the latest U.S. Olympic gymnastics star in London, helping the Americans win the team all-around gold and then taking the individual all-around title over Russia's Viktoria Komova. The 16-year-old Douglas is the first African-American woman to win gymnastics' biggest prize. "I don't ever recall anybody this quickly rising from an average good gymnast to a fantastic one," U.S. team coordinator Martha Karolyi said. "She's just so much a nice girl and so hardworking and dedicated. ... She just loves gymnastics and she really loves to be on the top." Douglas served notice of her rise when she upset reigning world champion Jordyn Wieber to win the all-around at the U.S. trials, also besting Wieber in posting the highest score in March at the American Cup, where she was competing as an alternate. With a performance at the trials that highlighted her grace - along with the athleticism that was the genesis of the colorful nickname given to her by Karolyi - Douglas established herself as the gymnast to beat in London, then handled the pressure and lived up to that billing. She finished with a score of 62.232 at the Olympics, just ahead of Komova's 61.973. Douglas was also a part of the gold medal-winning team that beat Russia and China at the 2011 world championships, and she’s a six-time gold medalist in senior level competition. Douglas moved to West Des Moines, Iowa, when she was 14 to train with Liang Chow, the coach of 2008 Olympic balance beam champion Shawn Johnson. Latest News

Gabrielle Douglas was born on December 31, 1995 in Virginia Beach, VA. When Gabrielle was 3 years old, her older sister, Arielle - a former gymnast, taught her how to do a perfectly straight cartwheel. By the age of 4, Gabrielle had taught herself how to do a cartwheel with one hand.

Gabrielle started formal gymnastics training at Gymstrada in October of 2002 at age 6. Just two years later she went on to become 2004's Virginia State Champion.

At age 14, Gabrielle left Virginia Beach and her family behind to train with elite coach, Liang Chow, in West Des Moines, IA. Gabby lives with a host family, the Partons, where she now plays big sister to their four girls. The Partons also have a daughter that trains with Chow.

Under Coach Chow's tutelage, Gabby competed in her first elite meet at the 2010 Covergirl Classic in Chicago, IL. That same year, she also competed in the Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup, where she placed fourth in all-around.

Gabby made her senior debut in 2011. She qualified to her first Senior National Championships in St. Paul, MN. At nationals, Gabby became the 2011 Bronze Medalist on Uneven Bars and earned a spot on the 2011-2012 Senior National Team.

In November, Gabby competed as a member of the 2011 World Championship Team that traveled to Tokyo and won team gold.

2012 started off as a very eventful year for Gabrielle! In March, she competed in the AT&T American Cup held in Madison Square Garden. Although she posted the highest all-around score of the competition, they were not counted because she competed as an alternate.

That same March, Gabby competed with the U.S. team at the Pacific Rim Championships. She injured her ankle on her first rotation, vault, but went on to win gold on the uneven bars in the event finals.

Gabby went to Chicago to compete in the Secrets Classic in May 2012. There she tied for third place on floor exercise and won gold for her uneven bars routine.

In June, Gabby competed in the VISA Championships and finished second in all-around, just two tenths of a point behind the leader. She also won a bronze medal for her floor routine and a gold medal for her uneven bars routine.

Gabby went on to compete at the Olympic Trials in San Jose, CA. She came away with the only guaranteed spot on the Olympic Team by winning the competition.

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