Gabrielle Douglas

Gabby Douglas All-Around Gold Medal

Gabby Douglas All-Around Gold Medal

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
Gymnastics Skills:
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 for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

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

Gabby Douglas

Interesting Facts:

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

Gabby Douglas’ West Des Moines Family Can’t Imagine Life Without Olympian

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

Gymnast Gabby Douglas Flying High into May 2012 U.S. Classic

Gabby Douglas Strengthens US Gymnastics Depth

Olympic Outlook: In Gymnastics, Meet America’s Flying Squirrel

Gymnast Gabby Douglas Left Her Home, And Her Parents, For Her Olympic Dream

For Gymnast with Local Ties, It’s Olympic Dreams and Hard Feelings

Gymnast: Gabrielle Douglas

Am Cup Beam Podium Training

Gabrielle Douglas Photos

Gabrielle Douglas
Gabrielle Douglas FaceBook Photos
Des Moine Article and 28 Photos:
Chow: Gabby Douglas Could Be All-Arounder at London Games

Gabrielle Douglas Zimbio Photos

Gabrielle Douglas Google Photos

Gabrielle Douglas Social Media

Gabrielle Douglas Twitter: @gabrielledoug

Facebook Athlete Fan Page

Gabrielle Douglas’ Official Web Site

Gabrielle Douglas

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6 Responses to “Gabrielle Douglas”

  1. bjarni July 30, 2012 at 2:39 am #

    awsome ! you are a strong person gabby !

  2. phil ghee August 5, 2012 at 4:38 pm #

    Hey what about the Olympics are you a fan or maybe watching anyway? What about that Gabby? I am so impressed by the photo below, I wish I could afford the rights and buy it. I would quickly transform it into an poster and, not merely just for the profits but the positive message.
    As far as I am concerned, the above photo is a portrait of true beauty and perfection. The photo in question (The one featuring the ‘Flying Squirrel as it appears on the cover page of the Washington Post 8/4/12 edition) is a high quality shot and on the level of the greatest sports photos of all time.
    I think it deserves to be made into a poster thus finding its way into the bedroom’s of every school age girl the way Michael Jordan posters use to grace the walls of tens of thousands of teenage boys and young men, both Black and White. Maybe some of our still functioning organizations can make it happen.

    Phil Ghee

  3. Uche Red August 6, 2012 at 1:25 am #

    Gabby U are Amazing. Just go no Mercy on those Gold Medal Get them All… And all those haters talking negative stuff about her she is only 16 and is set for life and most of u can’t even do 1/3 of what she is doing at this Olympics and U speaking negatively about her I mean Look at urself first before u talk about the GOLDEN GIRL!!! Gabby this is a world filled with ignorant ungrateful People they purposely tend to forget what is most important so don’t pay the negative talks any mind keep doing what u doing u are Strong, Brave, Very Beautiful, a True American and Our Golden Girl $ God bless u and ur Family!!!

  4. Rosa Victoria Ashour August 8, 2012 at 1:13 pm #

    Gymnast of 2012 Competing for a Heart of Gold – Yahoo! Voices ……
    1 day ago – Grace, Elegance, Beauty, Fluidity of Movement, Focus, Balance ,Determination, Strength and Dedication………

  5. Jasmine August 11, 2012 at 6:55 pm #

    I posted a poem about Gabby Douglas on youtube and ESPN did an article about it. please watch and share!

    • Gymnastics Zone August 12, 2012 at 4:30 pm #

      This is such a powerful poem and excellent response to a totally uncalled for furor over Gabby Douglas’ hair that we felt had to feature it more prominently for the gymnastics community than in just a comment. We have created our own post with the poem and more info on the poem’s author, Jasmine Waiters, who recites the poem in the YouTube video. Our post is located at:
      All Gabby Douglas fans will want to watch and listen to this poem.

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