Gabrielle Christina Victoria Douglas
Born December 31, 1995 –Newport News, Virginia
Hometown Virginia Beach, Virginia
Gabrielle Douglas was the first African – American gymnast in Olympic history. She was the all around champion in 2012. Also, in 2015 she became the world all - around silver medalist.
Gabrielle was raised by a strong, hard- working, single mom who taught her the values that carried her to Olympic gold. She attributes her success through having faith, commitment, acceptance, and forgiveness.
When Gabrielle, stepped on the mat, her coaches saw in her a fiery spark and a natural talent. Gabrielle and her mother took that raw talent and nurtured it, through great sacrifices from her entire family. Gabrielle Douglas, was a member of the gold – winning teams at both the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics, dubbed the “Fierce Five” and the Final Five” by the media.
Gabby Douglas is a great role model for young gymnasts to follow and look up to in my opinion. She stuck to her vision and worked hard as a young adult. We need more African representation in gymnastic.
February 14, 2023