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Think of a well decorated American gymnast, think of Gabby Douglas. The Amazon has broken all the racial barriers in the field of sports; thus recording her name in the annals of history. She has been making the waves in the area of artistic gymnastics courtesy of her excellent skills and determination.
Interestingly, Gabby has recorded several accolades in her name; she is the first Afro-American to clinch all-around individual champion in the history of Olympics. Notably, she is also the first Afro-American female gymnast to win gold medal both in the individual and team competitions at the Olympics. Learn more about the multi-talented star athlete below.
Gabby Douglas Biography (Age)
Born as Gabrielle Christina Victoria Douglas on the 31st day of December 1995; Gabby was born in Newport News, Virginia to black American parents. Gabby is of Afro-American ethnic background and possesses an American nationality. She developed an interest in gymnastics right from a very tender age and with the support of her sister, she was enrolled for gymnastic classes. There is no much information with regards to her educational background.
The youngster earned her first gymnastics medal at the age of eight when she took part in the Virginia State Championships in 2004. Afterward, she relocated to Des Moines situated in Iowa where she started full-time training under the guidance of Coach Liang Chow. During her junior career, Gabby made her first appearance in the national competition in 2008. Although she didn’t win the gold medal, she finished 10th in the US Classic held in Houston, Texas. Finishing her junior career in 2010, Gabby participated in the Cover Girl Classic as well as US Junior National Championships and Pan American Competitions where she clinched the gold medal while being part of the team that represented the US at the event.
Turning pro in 2011, Gabby Douglas led the US team to win the gold medal at the City of Jesolo competition held in Italy. She was also among the gold-winning US team at the World Championships held in Tokyo. In the same year, she finished third on bars and seventh overall in the US National Championships.
During the 2012 Summer Olympics held in London, Gabby took the gold medal of the event alongside her teammates including , McKayla Maroney, Weiber, and . The amazing gymnast equally won the All-around gold medal and also led the Team US to hitch the silver medal at the 2015 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships held in Scotland. Subsequently, Gabby led the US team to the 2016 Summer Olympics held in Brazil. There she clinched her second Olympic gold medal with the team while finishing at the seventh position in the uneven bars event. In the same year, she also won the AT&T American Cup as well as the all-around title at the City of Jesolo competitions.
In addition to her gymnastics career, Gabby has also done some works off the field. She has been featured on the cover of several sports illustrate magazines including Time and Olympic Preview. The star athlete has equally done some commercials for different companies such as Kellogg and Nintendo, among others. She has done a little bit of acting following her appearance in the 2013 Disney XD series titled Kickin It. Douglas also began her self-titled TV show on Lifetime Channel. Interestingly, Gabby is also a prolific writer and has authored two books titled Raising The Bar, as well as Grace, God, and Glory: My Leap of Faith.
Net Worth: How Much is Gabby Douglas Worth?
Gabby Douglas is a very creative and versatile lady. She has recorded tremendous success since the inception of her career. In addition to her numerous medals, the amazing lady has also made huge wealth for herself. Gabby Douglas currently has an estimated net worth of $3 million. She earns her income from her sports career as well as her reality television series, endorsements, and other endeavors.
The young and talented gymnast comes from an Afro-American family; her parents are Natalie Hawkins and Timothy Douglas. Although Gabby didn’t see much of her father who was away due to the nature of his job, she was trained by a single mother. Meanwhile, her father is serving in the Air National Guard and has toured in both Iraq and Afghanistan. The youngster didn’t experience a stable childhood; she lived with a foster parent at the early stage of her career due to the condition of her family.
It might interest you to know that Gabby isn’t the only child of her parents. The talented gymnast also has two sisters named Arielle and Joyelle Douglas as well as a brother named Johnathan Douglas. Her older sister Arielle was a former gymnast and she taught her the rudiments while encouraging her to take up a career in gymnastics. Today, it has paid off and she has become one of the highly celebrated artistic gymnasts in America.
Height: How Tall is She?
The amazing gymnast has been successful since the inception of her career; all thanks to her great physique and wonderful outlook. Gabby is not so tall, she stands at a height of 5 feet 2 inches which is 3 inches below the average height for American women. Notwithstanding, she has been pulling a lot of stunts in the area of gymnastics. In addition, she has a weight of 110 pounds (50 kg), her hair is black and her eyes are brown.