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This is the article about the 2012 Olympic All-Around Champion. For the article about the Canadian gymnast, see Gabriella Douglas.

Gabby Douglas
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Douglas at the 2012 Olympic Games

Full name

Gabrielle Christina Victoria Douglas

Nickname(s)

Flying Squirrel

Country represented

800px-Flag of the United States (Pantone) United States of America

Born

December 31, 1995 (age 18)
Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA

Height

4 ft. 11 in.

Years on National Team

2010-2013

Club

Chow's Gymnastics and Dance Institute; Excalibur Gymnastics

Coach(es)

Liang Chow

Current status

Inactive

Twitter

@gabrielledoug

Gabrielle "Gabby" Douglas (born 31st December 1995) is an elite artistic gymnast who is a member of the 2012 gold-medal winning American team, also known as the Fierce Five, and is the 2012 Olympic All-Around Champion. She was also a member of the U.S. team that won the gold medal in the team finals at the 2011 World Gymnastics Championships in Tokyo, Japan. In 2010, she moved from Virginia to West Des Moines, Iowa to live with a host family so she could train with Liang Chow. In 2013, she moved to California to be with her family, but returned to train with Chow in April 2014.

Douglas started gymnastics when she was 6 years old, after her sister Arielle convinced her mother to let her do gymnastics. Gabby went on to earn the 2004 State Championship title in Virginia.

Junior Career

2010

Douglas made her debut on the national scene at the 2010 Nastia Liukin SuperGirl Cup, a televised Level 10 meet held in Worcester, Massachusetts, where Douglas placed fourth all-around.

Her first elite meet was the 2010 CoverGirl Classic in Chicago, Illinois, where Douglas placed third on balance beam, 6th on vault and 9th all-around in the junior division.

At the 2010 U.S. Junior National Championships, Douglas won the silver medal on balance beam, placed fourth all-around and on vault, and tied for eighth on floor exercise.

In the 2010 Pan American Championships in Guadalajara, Mexico, Douglas won the uneven bars title, and she won a share of the U.S. team gold medal. She also placed fifth all-around.

Senior Career

2011

In the 2011 City of Jesolo Trophy in Italy during March, Douglas won a share of the U.S. team gold medal. She also placed second on floor, tied for third on beam, and placed fourth in the all-around and on vault.

At the 2011 CoverGirl Classic in Chicago, Illinois, Douglas earned the silver medal on the uneven bars.

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Douglas at the 2011 Visa National Championships
In St. Paul, Minnesota, at the 2011 National Championships, Douglas tied for third on bars and placed 7th all-around despite having major trouble on balance beam.

After two selection camps at the Karolyi Ranch in New Waverly, Texas, Douglas was named to the 2011 U.S. World Championships Team, scheduled for October in Tokyo, Japan.

In the preliminary round of competition at the 2011 World Championships, Douglas delivered a strong performance on every event, placing fifth (57.6570) all-around. Nonetheless, because teammates Jordyn Wieber (who placed second) and Alexandra Raisman (who placed fourth) notched higher finishes in the all-around, Douglas was ineligible to compete in the all-around final due to the "two [athlete] per country" rule. Douglas qualified to the uneven bars final with a sixth-place finish (14.866), with skills including a Tkatchev, a Pak salto and a full-twisting double-back dismount. Her skills on beam included a standing full and a tucked double back dismount. The U.S. team finished the preliminary round in first place (234.253), ahead of Russia (231.062), China (230.370) and Romania (227.228).

During the women's team final competition, Douglas contributed to the U.S. effort on uneven bars (14.733), where her skills included a Tkatchev and a tucked full-in dismount. The U.S. won the team gold medal (179.411) over second-place Russia (175.329) and third-place China (172.820). She also made the uneven bars finals where she placed 5th after suffering from an error during her routine.

2012

On March 3, Douglas competed exhibition routines for the American Cup. She debuted an Amanar vault and upgraded her routine on the uneven bars. She was an alternate, so her scores didn't count. However, she outscored every gymnast in the competition, and would have won the title had she not been an alternate.

Douglas competed with the American team at the Pacific Rim Championships. The team won the gold medal, and Douglas won the gold on the uneven bars. However, Douglas tweaked her ankle on vault and had to scratch on floor exercise in the team final.

Douglas competed at the Secret US Classic in May. She was originally planning to do the all-around, until she had a few bad vaults in podium training the previous day, and chose to scratch on vault and only compete on three events instead. She placed first on uneven bars, seventh on balance beam, and tied for third on floor exercise.

Douglas competed the all-around at the Visa Championships. At the end of the first night of competition, she was tied for first with Jordyn Wieber. On day two, she started off rough when she fell on balance beam, but still finished second behind Wieber, missing the top spot by two tenths of a point. She also won the National title on uneven bars, and placed seventh on balance beam and third on floor exercise.

At the Olympic Trials, Douglas had a small mistake on uneven bars, leaving her in second place after the first night of competition. But on night two, she rallied and won the competition, securing the only guaranteed spot on the Olympic team.

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Douglas at the 2012 Olympics

London Olympics

During qualifications, Douglas had a good competition apart from an error on floor exercise. The rest of her competition was solid enough to qualify her to the all-around in third place. She also qualified sixth to the uneven bars and third to the balance beam finals.

During the team final, Douglas was the only member of the team to compete on all four events. She performed very cleanly, contributing a 15.966 on vault, a 15.200 on bars, a 15.233 on beam, and a 15.066 on floor. Her performances helped the US win their second Olympic gold medal.

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Douglas' Olympic All-Around gold medal
In the all-around, Douglas started on vault, where she scored a 15.966, the highest score on vault of the night. She moved to uneven bars, where she scored 15.733, her highest score on uneven bars. She moved on to balance beam, an event that had given her problems in the past, but scored a 15.500, the highest score on beam of the night. Douglas then moved to floor exercise, where she scored a 15.033. She won the gold over Russia's Viktoria Komova and Aliya Mustafina.

In the uneven bars final, Douglas performed last. She had an error on one of her pirouettes which resulted in a low score. She finished in eighth place. In the balance beam final, Douglas had a large balance check on one of her skills, then fell on one of her leaps. She finished seventh.

Douglas and teammate Aly Raisman joined Shannon Miller as the only Americans to win two gold medals at a single Olympics.

Post-Olympics

Douglas appeared on Jay Leno, where she said she wanted to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Douglas participated in the Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions from September 8 to November 18. She, along with teammates Wieber and Raisman, participated in the Teen Choice Live tour from December 28 to March 3. However, the tour was canceled a few weeks in.

Douglas filmed a guest spot on The Vampire Diaries. Her episode, "My Brother's Keeper", aired on November 29.

Although Liang Chow said in December that Douglas would not continue to train and instead would take a year off, Douglas said the following February that she would return to train in the spring.[1] Douglas returned to Iowa and resumed training in May.[2]

At the National Championships in August, Douglas was inducted into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame with the rest of the Fierce Five. Shortly afterwards, Douglas and her family moved to California, and Douglas continued training, although she has not said where she trained or who she trained under. In April 2014, she returned to Iowa to train with Chow.[3]

Medal Count

Year Event TF AA VT UB BB FX
2010Nastia Liukin SuperGirl Cup4
Pan American Championships1st51st
CoverGirl Classic963
Junior Visa Champsionships442nd8
2011City of Jesolo Trophy1st43rd2nd
CoverGirl Classic2nd
Visa Championships73rd
Tokyo World Championships1st5
2012Pacific Rim Championships1st1st
U.S. Classic1st73rd
Visa Championships2nd1st73rd
U.S. Olympic Trials1st1st63rd
London Olympic Games1st1st87

Floor Music

2007-08 - "Hora Presta" by Gilles Apap & the Transylvanian Mountain Boys

2011-12 - "Memories (F**k Me I'm Famous Remix)" by David Guetta featuring KiD CuDi/ "We No Speak Americano" by Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP

References


Olympic All-Around Champions
Maria GorokhovskayaLarisa LatyninaVěra ČáslavskáLudmilla TourischevaNadia ComăneciElena DavydovaMary Lou RettonElena ShushunovaTatiana GutsuLilia PodkopayevaAndreea Răducan* Simona AmânarCarly PattersonNastia LiukinGabby Douglas


Fierce Five
Gabby DouglasMcKayla MaroneyAly RaismanKyla RossJordyn Wieber


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