At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Olympian Gabrielle “Gabby” Douglas won gold medals in the private well-rounded and group competitors. She was likewise a member of the gold-winning American group at the 2011 and the 2015 World Championships, and the well-rounded silver medalist at the 2015 WorldChampionships She became part of the Final Five at the 2016 Summer Olympics, where she won gold in the group competitors.
Douglas is the very first African American or the very first of African descent of any citizenship in Olympic history to end up being the private well-rounded champs, and the very first U.S. gymnast to win gold in both the private well-rounded and group competitors at the exact same Olympics.
Her journey to begun started at the age of 8. That was when Douglas won the Level 4 well-rounded gymnastics title at the 2004 Virginia State Championships.
At14, Gabby transferred to Des Moines, Iowa, to train full-time with coach LiangChow Because her household needed to remain in Virginia while her brother or sisters ended up school, Gabby dealt with Travis and Missy Parton and their 4 children, among them likewise trained at Chow’s health club.
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Now at age 22, Douglas is maturing. She has a lots of recommendation offers, a TELEVISION program, has a Barbie doll in her similarity and more service endeavors on the horizon. With all that riding on her shoulders and individuals depending and anticipating a lot from her, it can develop a great deal of tension. But the method she manages everything is so stylish.
“You can’t worry about who’s watching and ‘What if I mess up?’ because if you do, you’ll mess up,” discusses Douglason her site. “My coaches and my support group– like my household and my host household– they simply provide me motivating words, and I contemplate those.Coach [Liang] Chow has me do pressure sets, which implies everybody in the health club comes and sees me and cheers truly loud, so when I go to the competitors, I’m utilized to that environment. At the competitors, Chow resembled “Just carry out, and have a good time. Pretend like your colleagues are right there evaluating you. You’re great. Just take among the ideal regimens you have actually performed in training and move it onto the competitors flooring. Go out there and have a good time.”
Douglas is a Christian; she stated, “I believe in God. He is the secret of my success. He gives people talent”, and “… I enjoy sharing about my faith. God has actually provided me this fantastic God- provided skill, so I’m going to head out and glorify His name.”
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