Gabrielle Douglas is a member of the 2012 US Olympic gymnastics team -- a squad that won the Olympic gold medal for the first time since 1996. Douglas also earned gold in the all-around, becoming the first gymnast in American history to win the gold medal in both the team and all-around.
A Talented Junior Gymnast:
Training with Chow and Johnson:
A Break-Out Meet:
Winning Olympic Trials:
Douglas edged Wieber for the overall title at the 2012 Olympic Trials, finishing just .1 ahead of her after the two-day competition. Douglas therefore earned the single automatic berth onto the Olympic team (though she would have undoubtedly been selected onto the team anyways). Beating Wieber also showed that she was a legitimate contender for the Olympic all-around title as well.
A Star in the Making:
In the all-around final, Douglas topped even her all-around score from team finals, earning a 62.232 and winning the all-around gold medal. Douglas had two more chances to medal in the event finals of bars and of beam, but finished eighth and seventh, respectively.
Gabrielle Douglas was born on December 31, 1995 to Timothy Douglas and Natalie Hawkins. Her hometown is Virginia Beach, VA, and she started gymnastics in 2002. Douglas has two older sisters – Arielle and Joyelle – and an older brother Johnathan.
Douglas names floor and beam as her favorite events, and goes by the nicknames Gabby and Brie. She is home-schooled, and her favorite subject is English. Douglas enjoys reading and knitting in her free time.
- 2012 Olympic Games: 1st team; 1st all-around; 8th bars; 7th beam
- 2012 Pacific Rim Championships: 1st team; 1st bars
- 2011 World Championships: 1st team; 5th bars
- 2011 City of Jesolo Trophy: 1st team; 4th all-around; 4th vault; 3rd beam (tie); 2nd floor
- 2010 Pan American Championships: 1st team; 5th all-around; 1st bars
- 2012 US Olympic Trials: 1st all-around; 1st bars (tie); 3rd floor
- 2012 Visa Championships (US nationals): 2nd all-around; 1st bars; 3rd floor
- 2011 Visa Championships (US nationals): 3rd bars (tie); 7th all-around
- 2011 CoverGirl Classic: 2nd bars
- 2010 Visa Championships (Jr. Division): 4th all-around; 4th vault; 2nd beam; 8th floor (tie)
- 2010 CoverGirl Classic (Jr. Division): 9th all-around; 6th vault; 3rd beam
- 2010 Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup: 4th all-around