The Flying Squirrel, or better known as Gabby Douglas, the all-around gold medalist at the 2012 Olympics, and a member of the gold medal-winning US Women’s Gymnastics team at the 2011 World Championships; as well as the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Gabrielle Christina Victoria Douglas IS the 2012 Olympic All-Around Champion!
Standing at 4ft 11 inches and reining from Virginia Beach, Virginia, Gabriel Douglas wows not only America, but the world, as she is the first African-American female to make the U.S. Olympic team since Dominique Dawes back in 1996. And her journey to becoming the world’s top Olympian has been a fast one. Prior to this week, after beating out teammate and fan-favorite Jordyn Wieber for the top spot at the Olympic trials, it seems as though Gabby Douglas became a household name overnight.
Gabby is one of the youngest gymnast in her class, training at a Senior International Elite level by the coaching of Liang Chow. Chow himself is a former gymnast and the personal coach of the 2008 Olympic gold medalist, Shawn Johnson.
Her family, especially her mother, sacrificed having her daughter home with her, leading an average American-girl life, to instead lead that of an Olympic Champion!
On July 31, Douglas and her teammates, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, Kyla Ross and Jordyn Wieber, won the team gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
After all the anticipation and excited, today, Gabrielle won the gold medal in the gymnastics individual all-around final making her the first American woman to win the gold in the team gymnastics and win the gold in all around!
Congratulations Gabby for not only representing the US, but for also inspiring young women world wide to chase their dreams and achieve the impossible!
We commend you and will continuously be rooting for you.
Be sure to tune into the Olympics August 6th and 7th as she is is scheduled to take part in the uneven bars and balance beam.