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Gabby Douglas -Overcoming Challenges
Transcript of Gabby Douglas -Overcoming Challenges
Gabriel Douglas was born on December 31, 1995 in Virginia Beach, Virginia
Her father Timothy Douglas wasn't really there, he wasn't in the picture, and he did not live up to her expectations.
Gabby's mom and siblings said it could be cold at times; they ate off the floor on napkins.
They needed to get food tabs because of their lack of money.
She has three siblings, two sisters and a brother.
She started doing gymnastics at 6 years old. Her sister Arielle convinced their mother to put Gabby in gymnastics.
At 14, she left her hometown and family, moved to West Des Moines, Iowa, to train with coach Liang Chow, he was known because of the gymnast Shawn Johnson who won world champion and gold medals.
Travis and Missy Parton volunteered to be Douglas's family in West Des Moines, she became a big sister to four little girls.
She left everything she had to train with the best coach, Liang Chow,to become the best gymnast she could possibly be and chase her dreams of going to the olympics.
In Massachusetts Douglas placed fourth all-around, third on balance beam, sixth on vault and ninth on the all-around junior division of her first elite, she was also placed as the 2010 Cover Girl in Chicago, Illinois. She won the silver medal on balance beam and fourth all-around at the 2010 U.S. Junior National Championships, also the uneven bars title in the 2010 Pan American Championships. Her performance placed Douglas at fifth all-around and won her a share of the U.S. team gold medal.
She won a gold medal in Tokyo, Japan with team USA. Also, the 2012 Olympic Trials in San Jose, California was chosen to represent team USA in the Olympics in London, England.
In the Olympics Gabby Douglas, Kyla Ross, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, and Jordyn Weiber took the 1st gold medal since 1996. She was named the "flying squirrel" because of the uneven bars.
When Gabby was a baby she was sick because she couldn't keep her food own and her mother couldn't afford a doctor or medicine. So her mom started praying for Gabby to be healed.
She wanted to quit gymnastics weeks before the olympics because she was homesick,but her family told her to keep on going with her dream because they all gave up everything for her because they thought she was the real deal.
Her brother quit basketball because they needed the money for Gabby to train and her sisters gave up their sports also.
She moved to Iowa all by herself to continue her dream.
She lived all her life without a father.
She was close to being homeless and poor; with little to eat.
She was tormented at the gym because of her race and skin color also she was isolated.
An example would be when a teammate said to a girl, "Could you scrape the bar??" And they were like, "Why doesn't Gabby do it, she's our slave!"
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She's a christian and has been awarded the Laureus World Sports Award for Breakthrough of the Year, two BET Awards, Female Athlete of the Year, and the 1st African American all around champion to win multiple gold medals.
Olympic All-Around Gold Medalist
Olympic Team Gold Medalist
US Olympic Trials All-Around Trials Champion
US Olympic Trials Uneven Bars Gold Medalist (tie)
Pacific Rim Uneven Bars Gold Medalist
Secret US Classic Uneven Bars Gold Medalist
US National Championships All-Around Sliver Medalist
US National Championships Uneven Bars Gold Medalist
US National Championships Floor Exercise Bronze Medalist
World Championships Team Gold Medalist2010
US Junior National Championship Beam Silver Medalist
2010 Pan American Championships Uneven Bars Gold Medalist
3-time US National Team Member