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Gabby Douglas            

First African-American to Win Olympic Gold Medal for Gymnastics; Author of New York Times Bestseller "Grace, Gold & Glory: My Leap of Faith"

Gabby Douglas is a decorated American gymnast and sports icon. She has won three gold medals at the Olympics as well as two gold and one silver at the World Championships.

Douglas began formal gymnastics training at the early age of 6 years old. By the age of 8, she had won her first major title as the 2004 Virginia State Champion. At the age of 16, she was selected to be a member of the U.S. Olympic Women’s Gymnastics team to compete in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England. There she became the first African-American woman, as well as the first woman of color of any nationality, to win Olympic Gold in the individual all-around competition. Douglas, along with her U.S. Women’s teammates known collectively as the “Fierce Five,” also won gold in the team competition. At the 2012 U.S. National Championships later that year, she won the gold medal in uneven bars, silver in all-around, and bronze in floor.

After the London Games, she was one of the most influential female athletes in the world and was at the center of pop culture. She made an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, was featured in an interview with Oprah Winfrey and was named to Barbara Walters list as one of the “10 Most Fascinating People of 2012.” She also made cameos on Disney’s hit show "Kickin’ It" and the CW’s "The Vampire Diaries." In support of President Barack Obama, she led the Pledge of Allegiance at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. She was also named the 2012 Associated Press “Female Athlete of the Year.” In addition, she released two New York Times best-selling books titled Raising the Bar and Grace, Gold, and Glory: My Leap of Faith. In 2013, her life story was portrayed in the Lifetime Network’s movie of the week called "The Gabby Douglas Story."

In 2015, she burst back onto the elite gymnastics scene after a two-year hiatus. At the World Championships that year she won silver in the individual all-around competition and gold with the U.S. Women’s team. She is the first reigning Olympic all-around champion since 1981 to return to the sport and win a World Championships medal. she also secured gold at the 2016 AT&T American Cup.

At the 2016 Rio Olympics, she won her third Olympic gold medal in the team competition, becoming the only all-around Olympic gold medal gymnast in US history to return to a second Olympics.


What Olympic Gymnast Gabby Douglas Really Eats in a Day
As Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas, 20, prepares for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio, she is really putting her body through the wringer. See what it takes to fuel a gold-winning athlete who spends upwards of 30 hours a week preparing to wow the world.
Why We Love Gabby Douglas
Gold-medal gymnast Gabby Douglas had had a rough few days. She finished seventh out of eight competitors on the uneven bars last week, and online bullies attacked over almost everything she did.
Gabby Douglas Talks Olympics 2016 and Making History
By 16, Gabby accomplished at her first Olympic Games what no American gymnast had ever done before: She won both the coveted individual all-around title and led her team (dubbed the Fierce Five) to a gold medal — and also happens to be the first woman of color in the sport to do so.
Gabby Douglas Dishes On Her Must-Have Beauty Essentials
If you watched even a moment of the 2016 Rio Olympics, you know that Gabby Douglas and the rest of Team USA gymnastics absolutely slayed. They also happened to inspire us with their awesome makeup ideas.
Gabby Douglas Looked Lovely At The Miss America Pageant
One major downside to the Summer Olympics is that once they’re over, we have to wait another four years for those glittery superhumans to dominate our screens again.

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