5 Things You Didn't Know About Me
- I won the 2012 women's gymnastics all around gold medal!
- I love the Vampire Diaries!
- I finally got my learner's permit!
- I'm a New Year's Eve baby!
- I'm ready for Rio 2016!
Gabrielle Douglas is a U.S. Women's Artistic gymnast. At the 2012 London Summer Olympics, she won gold medals in both the team and individual all-around competitions. Gabrielle is the first woman of color of any nationality and the first African-American gymnast in Olympic history to become the Individual All-Around Champion. She is also the first American gymnast to win gold in both the gymnastic individual all-around and team competitions at the same Olympic Games.
Although a four year old Gabrielle vividly remembers flipping around the house and off the furniture, there was a bit of a delay in beginning her formal training. After two years of poking and prodding, her older sister Arielle convinced their mother, Natalie Hawkins, to allow Gabrielle to train at a local gym. Once formal training began, another two years was all it took for Virginia to crown Gabrielle as the new 2004 Gymnastics State Champion.
Gabrielle soon reached her peak at her local gym, quickly accumulating numerous victories and top finishes over the next few years. The task became clear; Gabrielle had to convince her mother to allow her to move across the country in pursuit of her Olympic dream. This would allow her an opportunity to train under elite coach Liang Chow in West Des Moines, IA. and learn the skills needed to reach an Olympic level.
Since leaving home, Gabrielle has earned a Team Gold at the 2011 World Championships, placed first at the 2012 Olympic Trials (earning the only guaranteed spot on the Olympic Team), 2012 Olympic Team Gold and the 2012 Women’s Gymnastics Olympic All-Around Title. This makes her not only the first African American to receive the All-Around title, but also the only female gymnast in history to win both Team and All-Around Gold medals in the same Olympics. Gabrielle plans to compete in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.