Gabrielle Christina Victoria Douglas (born December 31, 1995 in Virginia Beach, Virginia) is an American gymnastics performer. She competed with the U.S. in 2012 Summer Olympics. She started gymnastics for a few reasons. One was that she impressed her family at age four by doing little “tricks” around the house, like cartwheels. But it was her sister Arielle, who had broken her wrist doing gymnastics, was the person who finally convinced her mom to let Gabby Douglas start gymnastics at age 6.
At age 12, Gabby told her mom that to make her “dream real” that she had to go train with coach Yiang Chow. Her mom looked up Chow’s institute and found that it was in Iowa. Her mom would have to send Gabby halfway across the country. When Gabby was 14, her mom agreed to send her to Iowa. She later got very homesick. She called her mom and begged to come home. Gabby's mom reminded her why she had decided to go to Iowa. Listening to her mom, she decided to stay. She put in even more effort.
Her hard work soon paid off. At age 16, Gabby made it to the Olympic Trials. Going up against gymnast Jordyn Wieber, she managed to get first place. The 2012 U.S.A. Gymnastics Olympic team included Gabby Douglas, Jordyn Wieber, McKayla Maroney, Kyla Ross, and Aly Raisman. The team got first place all around! Gabby also became the first African-American woman to win first place on the individual all around.