Cosmo's 17 Facts About Gabby

Aug 3, 2016 at 9:00 AM
Cosmo's 17 Facts About Gabby

From - By Laura Beck

Gymnast Gabrielle "Gabby" Douglas is a phenomenon. At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Gabby became the first African-American to win the Olympic gold medal as individual all-around champion when she was just 16 years old. And that's not all! She also took home the gold for Team USA in the team event, making her the first American to win both. Now, she's back to kick similar amounts of ass at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, and you should probably know everything about her before she takes the world's stage again and, you know, owns it.

1. She killed it at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. As previously mentioned, she took home two golds, but the actual logistics of her victories are super impressive. Her prelims performances were so good that she was the only female athlete who qualified for the individual all-around, bars, and beam finals. And while competing in all four events for the team finals, she amassed a higher score than anyone else in the event. This score propelled the entire team to victory.

2. She'd almost quit right before the 2012 Olympics. Right before being named to the Olympic team, she considered quitting the sport, citing that she just wanted to be a normal teen. "It was pretty drastic," her sister Arielle told NBC's Rock Center. "She really really sounded very serious about it." (Thankfully, that didn't happen, and now she's back for her second Olympics!)

3. She started gymnastics when she was six. And has done it straight through until today, except for a short break following the 2012 Games which, let's be honest, was well deserved.

4. After her short break, she had a hard time getting back into it her gym routine. She had a hard time adjusting to regular workouts (relatable!) until she really put in the work and one day, everything came together. She explained, "It starts clicking. One day I said, no, I really need to get back. I am going to the gym every single day, and I'm taking this serious. And I did it and I came back, and just had to follow that schedule. Again!"

5. She was 8 years old when she became a Virginia state gymnastics champion. Then in 2009, she moved to Iowa to train and won the gold on uneven bars in the 2010 Pan American Championships, and in 2011, at the age of 14, Douglas won a gold medal with the U.S. team at the World Championships. The rest is history!

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