Gabby Douglas Biography, keep making history Gabby we love you!

Congrats to the ladies of Team USA for taking home the Gold today. McKayla Maroney, Kyla Ross, Alexandra Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Jordyn Weiber win our first team gold since the Magnificent 7 in 1996. 16 year old Gabby Douglas is also the 2nd African American woman to make Team USA’s Gymnastics team since Dominique Dawes. Congrats to the very deserving ladies!

Gabrielle Douglas was born on December 31, 1995, in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Gabby Douglas began formal gymnastics training at 6 years old and won a state championship by the time she was 8. She moved away from her hometown and family in 2010 to pursue training with a world-renowned Olympic trainer, and was selected to compete with the U.S. Olympic women’s gymnastics team at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

American gymnast Gabrielle Christina Victoria Douglas, better known as Gabby Douglas or “Flying Squirrel,” was born on December 31, 1995, in Virginia Beach, Virginia, to Timothy Douglas and Natalie Hawkins. Her first experience with gymnastics came at the age of 3, when she perfected a straight cartwheel using a technique that she learned from her older sister, Arielle, a former gymnast. By age 4, Douglas had taught herself how to do a one-handed cartwheel.

Thanks to Arielle’s persuasion tactics, Douglas’s mother allowed her to begin taking formal gymnastics classes at the age of 6. Only two years later, in 2004, she was named a Virginia State Gymanstics Champion.

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