Name: Gabrielle Christina Victoria Douglas
Nickname(s): Gabby, The Flying Squirrel
Born: December 31, 1995
Sport: WAG (Women’s Artistic Gymnastics)
Country: United States
Gymnastics Level: Sr. International Elite
Gymnastics Status: Professional
Started Gymnastics: 2002 at the age of 6
Started Competing: 2004 as USAG Level 4
Current Gym: Chow’s Gymnastics in West Des Moines, Iowa.
Coach: Liang Chow
Gymnastics Goal: 2012 Olympic team
Former Gyms: Excalibur Gymnastics, VA.and Gymstrada, VA.
Started Gymnastics: 2001 at age 6
Began Competition: 2003 – Level 4
Mother: Natalie Hawkins
Father: Timothy – military and served in Afghanistan
Siblings: 1 brother (Jonathan) and 2 sisters (Arielle and Joyelle)
Pets: 2 dogs (Zoway and Chandler).
Education: Honor Roll student, Home-schooled for last 5 years
Favorite TV show: Vampire Diaries
Hobbies: Knitting, Reading
Favorite book: Twilight
Favorite Foods: Italian, Mexican
Favorite Events: Balance Beam and Floor Exercise
Vault: Amanar (2 1/2 twisting Yurchenko) (Difficulty Score: 6.5)
Bars: Piked Stalder (D), Piked Stalder 1/1 (E), Tkatchev (D), Pak Salto (D) Full Twisting Double Back dismount (D). (Difficulty Score: 6.4)
Beam: Front Aerial (D), Standing Full (F), Front Pike (E), Switch Split Ring Leap (E), Double Pike dismount (E). (Difficulty Score: 6.4)
FX: 1&1/2 to Triple Full (E), Arabian Double Front/Leap Combo (E), Double turn with above horizontal leg (D), Full Twisting Double Back (E), Double Tuck (D) to split jump. (Difficulty Score: 5.9)
MSNBC Video Interview: Gabby Douglas Makes History
Oprah Winfrey Interview of Gabrielle Douglas
Gabrielle Douglas – ALL OF THE LIGHTS – video by iLITTER
Gabby Douglas – Balance Beam/Floor – April National Team Camp
Gabrielle Douglas – Amanar Vault – 2012 American Cup
Vault Fail – Vault – 2012 Pacific Rim Championships
Gabrielle Douglas – Bars – 2012 Pacific Rim Championships
Gabrielle Douglas – Balance Beam – 2012 American Cup
Gabrielle Douglas Floor Exercise 2012 American Cup
2012 – 2012 Olympic Individual All-Around Gold Medalist
2012 – 2012 Olympic Team Gld Medalist
March 2012 – American Cup at Madison Square Garden – Gabby was an alternate Exhibition participant, not officially entered in the meet, but scored the highest All-Around score – 61.032 – in the entire meet, ahead of 2011 World Champion Jordyn Wieber.
March 2012 – Pacific Rim Championships – 1st Place Team and Uneven Bars
2011 Tokyo, Japan World Championships Team Member – 1st Place Team, 5th Place Uneven Bar Finals, 5th Place All-Around (57.6570) in Preliminaries.
2011 City of Jesolo Trophy, Italy – 1st Place Team, 2nd FX, 3d Beam, 4th All-Around and Vault
2011 US Classic in Chicago, Illinois, 2nd Uneven Bars
2011 – Qualify to her first Senior National Championships at St. Paul, MN Senior National Championships – 3rd Place Uneven Bars
2011 – Qualified to the Junior National Team.
October 2010, she moved from Virginia to West Des Moines, Iowa to train with Liang Chow, coach of 2008 Olympic Balance Beam Gold Medalist Shawn Johnson
2010 – Nastia Liukin SuperGirl Cup, Worcester, Massachusetts, 4th All-Around.
2010 – 1st Elite meet – Chicago, Illinois US Classic, 3rd Balance Beam, 6th Vault and 9th All-Around
2010 – Re-qualified International Elite
2010 – U.S. Junior National Championships Worcester, MA – 2nd Balance Beam, 4th All-Around and Vault, 8th FX
2010 – Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, 1st Uneven Bars title, 1st Place Team, 5th All-Around
2010 – Invited to several training camps at the National Team Training Center.
2009 – San Diego, CA American Classic – 6th All-Around, 2nd Balance Beam
2009 – Re-qualified International Elite.
2009 – Suffered wrist fracture before US JO Nationals- Could only compete Balance Beam – 5th place
2008 – Qualified International Elite
2008 – US Classic – 10th All-Around, 8th Uneven Bars
2008 – US National Championships, Boston, MA. – 16th All-Around
2008 – American Classic in San Diego, CA – 6th All-Around
2008 – US Challenge as Hopes gymnast – 1st All-Around, Vault, Uneven Bars and FX
2008 – American Challenge -3rd All-Around
2008 – Competed both as Level 10 and Pre-Elite/HOPES gymnast
2008 – Junior Olympic Nationals – 3rd Balance Beam and 9th All-Around
2008 – Region VII Championships – 2nd Balance Beam and 3rd FX
2008 – Virginia State Level 10 Championships – 1st All-Around and every event
2007 Eastern National Championships – 7th Vault, 5th FX and 13th All-Around
2007 – Region VII Championships – 4th Vault, 5th FX and 4th All-Around
2007 – Level 9 Virginia State Beam Champion.
October 2006 – Gabrielle made the TOPs A Team and had the National Best Score.
2006 – Region VII Championships – 12th All-Around
2006 – Level 8 Virginia State Championships – 3rd All-Around
2005 – TOPs A Team
2005 – Virginia State Championships – 1st All-Around, Vault and FX
December 2005 – Began competing as a level 8 gymnast
2004 – Virginia Level 4 State Championships -1st All-Around, Balance Beam and FX
2004 – Gabrielle left Gymstrada and started at Excalibur Gymnastics in June of 2004.
2004 – Participated in TOPs Program after 3 weeks preparation and qualified to the National TOPS Testing 2004 – TOPs A Team
December 2004- Competed as Level 7 Gymnast
August 2003 – TOPs Program – finished at the Bronze Level.
Gabrielle competed as a level 4 gymnast in September 2003. Gabby competed at the
Competed as a level 4 gymnast in September 2003
Tucson Citizen article: 10 Things to Know About Gymnast Gabby Douglas
Moved quickly through optionals and was on three consecutive Tops National Teams.
Started gymnastics when she was 6 years old, after her sister Arielle convinced her mother to let her do gymnastics.
At age 3, her older sister, Arielle, a former gymnast, taught her a cartwheel
At age 4, Gabrielle taught herself 1-arm cartwheel
Gabrielle Douglas on Nick News
Gabby’s Story Video
Vanity Fair article: America’s Golden Girl
New York Times article: America’s Megawatt Sweetheart – Gabby Douglas, Gold-Medal Olympic Gymnast, Rockets to Stardom
Olympic Gymnast Gabby Douglas: Home Away from Home – Pictures of her Adopted Family, the Partons
US Olympic Gymnastics Team 2012: 5-Step Plan for Gabby Douglas’ All-Around Gold
Indy Star article – Gabby Douglas Rockets to American Olympic Fame
Am Cup Beam Podium Training
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Des Moine Register.com Article and 28 Photos:
Chow: Gabby Douglas Could Be All-Arounder at London Games
Gabrielle Douglas Zimbio Photos
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Gabrielle Douglas Twitter: @gabrielledoug
Gabrielle Douglas’ Official Web Site