Gabby Douglas is an American artistic gymnast. She brought the USA multiple gold medals in Olympic 2012 while being a part of the United State’s Women Gymnastics Team. Which earned the moniker ‘Fierce Five’ among worldwide fans. She performed equally well in the single rounds, team competitions and raised herself a grand fan following in her home country. At the Gymnastics World Championships in 2011 and 2015, she represented her national team and brought home gold medals while playing in teams and a silver medal while playing all around.
Her winning streak unstoppable and she bagged a gold medal in the team competition in the 2016 Summer Olympic. Gabby famous for the first woman of African descent to have the honor of being an all-around champion in Olympic history. And she is the first American woman to become a team and individual champion at the same time. She reached the ultimate peak of her fame. Her real-life story became the inspiration for the 2014 motion picture ‘The Gabby Douglas Story’. Apart from that, she is also quite active in the reality television circuit. And her family features in series called ‘Douglas Family Gold’.
Gabby Douglas Personal life, Childhood & Early Life
She was born on 31st December 1995, to Timothy Douglas and Natalie Hawkins Douglas in Virginia. Gabby has three older siblings – two sisters and a brother. Her father, Timothy Douglas, leaving her mother, Natalie Hawkins. Gabby began showing an inclination towards Gymnastics at a very young age. Her surprisingly flexible body encouraged her parents to consider training her in gymnastics. She began her training at the age of six. Her elder sister pushed her parents to enroll Gabby in the gymnastic classes. Gabby began her hardcore gymnastic training in October 2004.
It wasn’t long after that when Gabby started participating in the competitions. And Gabby started exhibiting her unique high flying skills to the awe of judges and the spectators. At the mere age of 8, Gabby surprised everyone by winning an all-round competition in 2004 at Virginia State Championships. Her parents, extremely confident with the superior talent her daughter possessed, allowed her to move to Iowa for her further training under the guidance of Coach Liang Chow. Gabby stayed with her aunt and trained hard and even now. Her aunt considers that particular period of time as the stepping stone of her professional career.
All the years she’s been in limelight, Gabby has faced severe criticism due to the accusations of bleaching her skin to look fair, her hairstyle. And her breast enhancement treatment along with her ‘unpatriotic’ behavior at international events. However, Gabby has denied the accusations but all these controversies had a troll on her emotional and psychological health. Gabby, along with her mother, produced a film based on her life, for the Lifetime Channel. She was just 20 years old then. Gabby has, in fact, maintained that she inspired by the glamour world and as a result, her own reality TV show came into existence, by the name ‘Douglas Family Gold’.
Gabby Douglas Net Worth
This girl has a net worth of $4 million dollars.
Gabby Douglas Body measurement
Being a successful gymnast, she has a perfect and healthier body structure. She is very fit. Her height is 5 feet 2 inches and weighs about 49kg. She has black hair and her eye color is also black.
There is not much information and details about the love life or the affairs of Gabby Douglas, it seems that she is currently focusing on her work rather than her personal life. She doesn’t want to be involved in love, affair, boyfriend, and spouse until the present time. Gabby doesn’t make time for these kinds of love affairs. She is possibly single at the present time.
In her first national debut, Gabby secured 10th place at the US Classic held in Houston. And this girl performed quite average in a few subsequent competitions that year. The next year, Douglas suffered from injuries and was away from most of the major competitions. The year 2010 was also not quite a remarkable one for her except for the U.S. Junior National Championships. She secured a silver medal. Later that year, she suffered from an injury and took the time to sharpen her bar skills. She tasted success at the senior level with a gold medal in the City of Jesolo Trophy. Later that year, at the World Championship 2011 held in Tokyo, she and her teammates secured the gold medal.
Her victory at the 2012 Olympic trials secured her a place in the national team for the 2012 Summer Olympics to be held in London. She grabbed the attention of the national team’s coordinator Martha Karolyi, who nicknamed her ‘Flying Squirrel’ due to Gabby’s exquisite high flying skills. Later in the Summer Olympics 2012, the gold secured by the US team of which Gabby an integral part, but she returned empty-handed in most of the individual events. However, she won a gold medal in the individual all-around competition and she achieved celebrity status in the United States.
More About Career & Awards
Post her magnificent victory at the Olympics, she went back to Chow for training and by the end of the year. She trained under a new coach Kittie Carpenter. For the most part of 2013 and 2014, she stayed away from the competitions and used the time to further hone her skills. She made a comeback by participating in the City of Jesolo Trophy in 2015 and placed 4th in the all-around championship and 2nd in overall U.S. Classics games. Her performance lauded and she drafted to the senior national team and soon, her fate allowed her to secure the second spot in the 2015 World Artistic Gymnastic Championship held in Glasgow, Scotland.
A spot in the 2016 Olympics secured by her despite her being placed at7th spot in the Olympic trials. But she didn’t disappoint and played a massive role in the gold medal victory for the US team. Her individual events performance wasn’t up to the mark as she ended up with the 7th spot in the uneven bars final and disqualified from the all-around event due to some complex rules. In 2012, Gabby became the fourth Gymnast in American history to be honored with the Associated Press’s award ‘Female Athlete of the Year’. Next year, the recipient of two BET awards for her accomplishments in the sport.
Right before the 2012 Summer Olympics, Gabby had almost decided to quit the sport for good. She cited the reason that she desired a normal life. Gabby Douglas has her very own Barbie doll modeled after her. She is a self-confessed dog person and has two dogs.
She is active on social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Gabby has more than 1.5 million followers on Instagram, has around 945k followers on Twitter, and has more than 1.4 million followers on Facebook.