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Gabby Douglas

How Gabby Doulglas changed the world.

Grace Allen

on 4 February 2013

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Gabrielle Douglas December 31, 1995 Grace Allen Period 6
February 4, 2013 Early Life When Gabby was born, she was diagnosed with a rare blood disease called Branched Chain Ketoaciduria. At one of the gyms she went to called, Excalibur Gymnastics, she was bullied by gymnasts and coaches. When Gabby made the TOPS A team she went to Texas to train with Marta Karolyi, Marta gave her a nick name of "Little One." She went to two Gymnastics centers, Gymstrada and Excaliblur Gymnastics. Gabby Douglas Changed the World Gabby has inspired all other African Americans that you can achieve something even if you are a different color of skin. Gabby has started a campaign to make the world set the goal bar high and never give up on what u want to achieve. Gabby has taught people around her that you can push through anything. You can push through thick and thin. Struggles in Life When Gabby was a baby her family became homeless and could barely afford clothes. Her mother had to go the homeless center and get food stamps to get food for her family. When Coach Chow came to Gabby's gym, Gabby talked to him about coming to his gym. Coach Chow decided for her just to stay in Virginia. Gabby was crushed. Gabby's mother and father divorced and Gabby never got to see her dad because he didn't want to be part of her life. During the homeless years in Gabby's life her family aslo became bankrupt. Her father was the only one working because her mother didn't finish law school. Accomplishments Gabby was the first African American to claim a gold medal in team all-around and individual all-around. When she made to TOPS Diamond team she took first place out of the whole United States. Gabby is the youngest person to win the individual all-around. She won the Olympic Trials giving her a guaranteed spot on the Olympic team. Winning Meets In 2004 she was named the Virginia State Champion at State Meet. http://www.nairaland.com/1007543/gabby-douglas-wins-all-around-gold Gabby won the Olympic Trials beating Jordyn Weiber. Gabby's Living Conditions When Gabby was born her and her family were living at their friends house in Texas. Later on, when she was in her toddler years she had to live in the back of a blue dodge van. Now, when she was much older she moved back to Virginia and her mom bought a town house. When she was training for the Olympics she lived with a host family. Fun Facts about Gabby Gabby Douglas is 4 ft. 11 in. Her nickname is The Flying Squirrel. "About Me." ABOUT ME. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Feb. 2013. "Nairaland Forum." Gabby Douglas Wins All-around Gold. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Feb. 2013 "Gabby Douglas Biography." Bio.com. A&E Networks Television, n.d. Web. 03 Feb. 2013. Press, Associated. "Gabby Douglas Wins Athlete Of year." ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures, 21 Dec. 2012. Web. 03 Feb. 2013 Douglas, Gabrielle, and Michelle Burford. Grace, Gold & Glory: My Leap of Faith. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print. Citations Gabby took fourth in the AT&T cup in the Madisen Square Garden Center. She was officially in gymnastics in 2002. Gabby's favorite book to read was the Twilight series. "10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Olympic Gold Medalist Gabrielle Douglas." Breaking News for Black America RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Feb. 2013. At the Pan American games Gabby took home the gold on bars. "Gabby Douglas." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 02 Mar. 2013. Web. 03 Feb. 2013.
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