Gabrielle Douglas

is a US Women's Artistic gymnast.

About Gabrielle Douglas

Gabrielle Douglas is a US Women's Artistic gymnast. At the 2012 London Summer Olympics, she won gold medals in both the team and individual all-around competitions. Gabrielle is the first woman of color of any nationality and the first African-American gymnast in Olympic history to become the Individual All-Around Champion. She is also the first American gymnast to win gold in both the gymnastic individual all-around and team competitions at the same Olympic games.

Gabrielle was introduced to gymnastics by way of a cartwheel. Her older sister, Arielle – a former gymnast and competitive cheerleader, was determined to teach the toddler the sport she loved. Gabrielle immediately picked up her older sister’s love of the sport and soon taught herself how to do a one armed cartwheel.

Although a four year old Gabrielle vividly remembers flipping around the house and off the furniture, there was a bit of a delay in beginning her formal training. After four years of poking and prodding, Arielle convinced their mother, Natalie Hawkins, to allow Gabrielle to train at a local gym. Once formal training began, another two years was all it took for Virginia to crown Gabrielle as the new 2004 Gymnastics State Champion.

Gabrielle soon reached her peak at her local gym, quickly accumulating numerous victories and top finishes over the next few years. The task became clear; Gabrielle had to convince her mother to allow her, the youngest, to move across the country in pursuit of her Olympic dream. This would allow her an opportunity to train under elite coach Liang Chow in West Des Moines, IA.  At age 14, having overcome a number of obstacles placed before her, Gabrielle left Virginia Beach and her family in order to relocate to Iowa. In 2014, Gabrielle moved to Westerville, OH where she currently trains with coaches, Christian Gallardo and Kittia Carpenter.

Since leaving home in 2010, Gabrielle helped Team USA win gold at the 2011 and 2015 World Championships, placed first at the 2012 Olympic Trials (earning the only guaranteed spot on the Olympic Team), was a silver medalist in the all around at the 2015 World Championships, and won the gold medal in the all around at the 2016 AT&T American Cup. Gabrielle also had the highest all around score at the 2012 American Cup, however her scores did not count because she was competing as an alternate athlete. 

Gabrielle is currently a 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic hopeful.

Accomplishments

2016

  • Olympic Team Gold Medalist
  • AT&T American Cup All-Around Gold Medalist
  • City of Jesolo All-Around Gold Medalist

2015

  • US National Team Member
  • City Of Jesolo Trophy Team Gold Medalist
  • US Secret Classic 2nd All-Around
  • P&G Championships 4th-Uneven Bars; 5th-All Around; 6th-Floor Exercise
  • World Championships All-Around Silver Medalist
  • World Championships Team Gold Medalist

2012

  • Olympic All-Around Gold Medalist
  • Olympic Team Gold Medalist
  • US Olympic Trials All-Around Trials Champion
  • US Olympic Trials Uneven Bars Gold Medalist (tie)
  • Pacific Rim Uneven Bars Gold Medalist
  • Secret US Classic Uneven Bars Gold Medalist
  • US National Championships All-Around Silver Medalist
  • US National Championships Uneven Bars Gold Medalist
  • US National Championships Floor Exercise Bronze Medalist

2011

  • 2011 World Championships Team Gold Medalist

2010

  • 2010 US Junior National Championship Beam Silver Medalist
  • 2010 Pan American Championships Uneven Bars Gold Medalist
  • 3-time US National Team Member