Learn some interesting facts about the American artistic gymnast, Gabby Douglas.
Gabby Douglas is a successful American athlete who is the 2012 Olympic all-around champion and the 2015 World all-around silver medalist. She was a part of the 'Fierce Five' team that won gold medals at the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics. She was also a member of the gold-winning American team at the 2011 and the 2015 World Championships.
Gabby Douglas has been a champion all her life, with several career achievements. She has performed exceptionally everywhere she has gone and has earned prestigious titles and medals, whether it be the Olympics or the World Championships. Many people are curious to learn more about the career and personal life of such a talented athlete, so we have compiled some important facts on her below.
Gabby Douglas has made history by being the first African American to become the Olympic individual all-around champion. Not only that, but also she became the first U.S. gymnast to win gold in both the individual all-around and team competitions at the same Olympics as well. Besides this, Gabby has been the 2016 AT&T American Cup all-around champion too.
Gabby Douglas is the first African American to become the Olympic individual all-around champion.
Source: USA Gymnastics
Gabby Douglas won gold medals for her artistic gymnastics in both of the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics. She also earned gold at the 2015 World Championships.
The multimillionaire has also established herself as a successful artistic gymnast. Douglas' gymnastics successes have led to her life story adaptation in the 2014 Lifetime biopic film, 'The Gabby Douglas Story.'
Douglas has written an autobiography.
Source: Time Magazine
Additionally, she also has written an autobiography 'Grace, Growth and Glory: My Leap of Faith,' where she recounts about her life and what it takes to be an Olympic gold medalist by determination and perseverance. The book was once among The New York Times' best-selling young adult books. She also has written another book named 'Raising The Bar.'
While books and a film are not the only ones that have been made for the skilled athlete, she has also acquired her own reality television series, 'Douglas Family Gold.' The series focused on the life of Gabby and her family. The show ran from May 25, 2016, to June 26, 2016.
Like most of the world champions in every sport, Gabby Douglas also got into artistic gymnastics at a young age of six. At the time, Gabby used to do gymnastics on the pieces of furniture at home. When her mother saw that Douglas showed the early signs of exceptional talent, she decided to take her to train with a professional so that she could get more formalized coaching.
Gabby Douglas got into artistic gymnastics at a young age of six.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
Gabby soon got an opportunity to get formal training. She began training with a coach in Virginia. At the age of 8, she won the Virginia State All-Around gymnastics title in her level. In 2010, she got into the top five in all the national competitions of her level. That's how she began climbing up the success ladder and reached the top.
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