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Gabrielle Douglas Biography

Birth Place:
Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States

Fast Facts

  • Started gymnastics at age 6
  • In 2010, she moved from Virginia to Iowa, to train with coach Liang Chow and 2008 gold-medalist Shawn Johnson
  • In March of 2012, got higher all-around scores than World Champion Jordyn Wieber and U
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  • teammate Aly Raisman at the American Cup, but as an alternate, her scores did not count
  • Won a gold medal in the all-around and as part of the U
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  • team at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London; her win made her the third American female in a row to win the event at the Olympics
  • Nicknamed "The Flying Squirrel" by gymnastic coach Martha Karolyi, due to her aerial prowess on the uneven bars
  • Released her autobiography Grace, Gold, and Glory: My Leap of Faith, in 2012
  • Performed the gymnastic stunts herself in Lifetime's The Gabby Douglas Story
  • Took time off from competing after the 2012 Olympics, starting again in 2015
  • Won a silver medal at the 2015 World Championships in the all-around as well as a gold medal as part of Team USA
  • Was part of the team that took home a gold in the women's team final at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, the first time the U
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  • team had won back-to-back golds



    • Johnathan--Brother
    • Timothy--Father
    • Natalie Hawkins--Mother
    • Arielle--Sister
    • Joyelle--Sister