*(Los Angeles, CA) — Gabrielle “Gabby” Douglas was a vital part of the 2011 USA World Championship Team’s gold medal victory this October in Tokyo, Japan. As the final competitor for Team USA on the Uneven Bars, she scored a 14.733, helping to ensure the overall win and secure a berth to London for the 2012 Olympic Games. 7SDXS2CWC2FQ
This year has proven to be a year of victories. By making the US Team, Gabrielle has already achieved one of her career goals, but her ultimate aspiration is to make the US Olympic team like her role model, three-time Olympian Dominique Dawes. She has and hopes to continue to follow in Dominque’s footsteps and inspire other African American girls through her example.
Gabrielle attributes her success in 2011 to making the difficult decision in October 2010 to move from her home in Virginia Beach, VA to Des Moines, IA to train with the 2008 Olympic Coach, Liang Chow, in order to pursue her dream of making the 2012 Olympic Games. Although she had only been training with him for six months, she was able to upgrade many of her skills and compete with all new routines to start off the year.
This past August, she placed 7th in the 2011 US VISA National Championships at which time she was named to the 2011-2012 Senior National Team. She also tied for the bronze medal on the uneven bars. In July, at the US Cover Girl Classic she earned the silver medal on the uneven bars. March started this successful year with her helping Team USA win the gold medal at the City of Jesolo Trophy (Italy) by earning bronze medals for both the balance beam and floor exercise.
Gabrielle started off 2010 by winning the Sand Dollar Qualifier and re-qualified international elite and qualified to the National Championships. In September, she helped Team USA win the gold medal at the Pan American Championships in Guadalajara, Mexico. She finished first on the Uneven Bars winning her very first individual international gold medal. She won several medals at the Excalibur Cup and Nastia Liukin Cup throughout the year and the year ended with her earning a spot on the 2010-2011 Junior National Team.
In 2009, Gabrielle entered various “open” competitions and re-qualified international elite. She earned a silver medal on the balance beam and placed 6th in all around at the American Classic. Due to a wrist fracture shortly before the US Nationals, she was only able to compete on the balance beam where she earned 5th place.
In 2008, Gabrielle competed as a level 10 gymnast and qualified as a Jr. International Elite athlete, winning various medals at the US Challenge and Virginia State Championships. At the Region VII Championships, she won the silver medal on the balance beam and bronze for the floor but it was her high all around score that qualified her for her very first Junior Olympics Nationals where she placed 9th in the all around. Gabrielle went on to compete at the US Classic where she placed 10th in all around and qualified for her very first elite nationals.
Gabrielle competed at Level 9 and was the Virginia Vault, Beam and State Champion in 2007, and in 2006, she competed at Level 8 and placed third at the Virginia State Championships. In 2005 she competed at Level 7 and was the Virginia Vault, Floor and State Champion, and in 2004 she competed at Level 4 and was the Virginia Beam, Floor and State Champion at age 7.
After teaching herself how to do a cartwheel with one hand at the age of 4, it was clear Gabrielle was destined for a career in gymnastics. She started competing at the age of 7 as a level 4 gymnast, winning various medals on the balance beam, floor exercise and all around.
Gabrielle currently trains with Chow’s Gymnastics and Dance Institute and is a home-schooled honor roll high school sophomore. She enjoys reading and knitting whenever she gets the chance, and spending time with her family and two dogs Zoway and Chandler.