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Gabrielle Douglas


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Gabrielle Douglas, born December 31, 1995 in Virginia Beach, Virginia is an American female artistic gymnast. She was a member of the U.S. team that won the gold medal in the team finals at the 2011 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Tokyo, Japan. In 2010, at the age of 14, she moved from Virginia to West Des Moines, Iowa so she could train with Liang Chow, who is the coach of 2008 Olympic balance beam champion Shawn Johnson. She lives with a host family, whose daughter also trains gymnastics at Chow's gym. Douglas started gymnastics when she was 6 years old, after her sister Arielle convinced her mother to let her do gymnastics. Gabby went on to earn the 2004 State Championship title in Virginia. She was selected to the national team that will represent the United States at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Douglas made her debut on the national scene at the 2010 Nastia Liukin SuperGirl Cup, a televised Level 10 meet held in Worcester, Massachusetts, where Douglas placed fourth all-around. Her first elite meet was the 2010 CoverGirl Classic in Chicago, Illinois, where Douglas placed third on balance beam, 6th on vault and 9th all-around in the junior division. At the 2010 U.S. Junior National Championships, Douglas won the silver medal on balance beam, placed fourth all-around and on vault, and tied for eighth on floor exercise. In the 2010 Pan American Championships in Guadalajara, Mexico, Douglas won the uneven bars title, and she won a share of the U.S. team gold medal. She also placed fifth all-around. In the 2011 City of Jesolo Trophy in Italy during March, Douglas won a share of the U.S. team gold medal. She also placed second on floor, tied for third on beam, and placed fourth in the all-around and on vault.

At the 2011 CoverGirl Classic in Chicago, Illinois, Douglas was awarded the silver medal on the uneven bars. In St. Paul, Minnesota, at the 2011 National Championships, Douglas tied for third on bars and placed 7th all-around despite having major trouble on Balance Beam. After two selection camps at the Karolyi Ranch in New Waverly, Texas, Douglas was named to the 2011 U.S. World Championships Team, scheduled for October in Tokyo, Japan. In the preliminary round of competition at the 2011 World Championships, Douglas delivered a strong performance on every event, placing fifth all-around. Nonetheless, because teammates Jordyn Wieber (who placed second) and Alexandra Raisman (who placed fourth) notched higher finishes in the all-around, Douglas was ineligible to compete in the all-around final due to the "two athletes per country" rule.

Douglas qualified to the uneven bars final with a sixth-place finish, with skills including a Tkatchev, a Pak salto and a full-twisting double-back dismount. Her skills on beam included a standing full and a tucked double back dismount. The U.S. team finished the preliminary round in first place, ahead of Russia, China and Romania. During the women's team final competition, Douglas contributed to the U.S. effort on uneven bars, where her skills included a Tkatchev and a tucked full-in dismount. The U.S. won the team gold medal over second-place Russia and third-place China. She also made the uneven bars finals where she placed 5th after suffering from an error during her routine.

Douglas continued to pursue her goal of making the Olympic Team in 2012 and appeared first on the leaderboard at the conclusion of the AT&T American Cup at Madison Square Garden in March. She revealed an upgraded bar routine with a piked Tkatchev and an Amanar (2 1/2 twisting Yurchenko) vault. Her beam routine included a standing full for a score of 15.100, and she scored 14.700 on floor, with a routine that included a triple twist and an arabian double front/leap combination. Douglas received the highest total all-around score in the women's competition, ahead of current world champion and compatriot Jordyn Wieber. Douglas, however, was an alternate who was not entered in the competition, so her scores did not count towards her winning the competition.

Later in March, she was part of the gold winning USA team at the Pacific Rim Championships. She had a difficult first rotation, missing her hand on the vault table as she performed her Amanar vault. She amazingly managed to still complete two twists, but landed badly on her ankle. She went on to perform a great routine on the uneven bars, but struggled on beam. Trainers looking at her ankle decided that she should pull out of the final rotation to prevent any further injury. She went onto compete in the uneven bars event final, winning gold ahead of silver winning teammate, Kyla Ross. Douglas competed at the 2012 Visa Championships in June. At the end of Day 1 she was tied with World Champion Jordyn Wieber for a first day score of 60.65 after scoring 14.8 on the balance beam, 15.05 on the floor exercise, 15.45 on the uneven bars, and 15.35 on vault.

On Day 2 she fell on the first skill during her balance beam routine and ended with a score of 14.1. Nevertheless she was able to bounce back and only lost by .2 to Wieber. After scoring 15.3 on floor, 15.8 on vault, and 15.85 on the uneven bars she was able to take the silver in the all-around, ahead of Alexandra Raisman. She ended with a two day composite score of 121.7. She won two other medals: bronze for floor, and gold for uneven bars. She won the Olympic trials and will be headlining a United States team favored to win the gold in London at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Douglas was the subject of much media attention in mid-July, 2012. She was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated with the rest of the USA Women's Olympic Gymnastics team on the July 18, 2012 issue of Olympic Preview. This marked the first time an entire Olympic gymnastics team had been featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated. She appeared on Rock Center with Brian Williams on July 19, where she discussed her family background and Olympic ambitions. On July 20, Douglas was featured on one of five covers released on that day for TIME Magazine. Other versions featured fellow Olympians Ryan Lochte and Lolo Jones.


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