Gabby Douglas
Gabby Douglas
Gabby Douglas began formal gymnastics training at six years old. By age eight, she’d won her first major title as the 2004 Virginia state champion. At 16, she won Olympic Trials guaranteeing that she would compete at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. There, she became the first African-American woman — and the first woman of color from any nation — to win an Olympic gold medal as All-Around Individual Champion. When Team USA took the gold in London, Gabby became the first American gymnast to win gold in both the All-Around individual and team competitions at the same Olympic games. In 2012, Gabby was named the Associated Press’ Female Athlete of the Year. At the 2016 Rio Olympics, she became the first Olympic All-Around champion in US history to compete at another Olympic Games and win a second team gold medal. Gabby has written two New York Times bestselling books, "Raising the Bar" and "Grace, Gold and Glory: My Leap of Faith." Her life story was portrayed in the Lifetime Network movie of the week, "The Gabby Douglas Story." She shared her journey to Rio in her family’s docuseries, "Douglas Family Gold" which aired on Oxygen. She also recently launched the Gabbymoji app and was honored with a one of a kind Barbie doll made in her likeness as part of the Shero doll collection. Gabby is passionate about sharing her message of overcoming with the hope of inspiring others to fully pursue their dreams.