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Gabby Douglas Biography

Gabby Douglas
  • Age: 21 years old
  • Birth Nation: U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Birth Sign: Sagittarius
  • Name: Gabby Douglas
  • Birth Name: Gabrielle Christina Victoria "Gabby" Douglas[
  • Nick Name: Flying Squirrel
  • Father: Timothy Douglas
  • Mother: Natalie Hawkins
  • Nationality: American
  • Birth Place/City: Newport News, Virginia, United States
  • Religion: Christian
  • Ethnicity: Black American
  • Profession: artistic gymnast
  • Net Worth: $3 million as 2016
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Hair Color: Black
  • Body Measurements: 32-24-33
  • Shoe Size: 7 (US)
  • Weight in KG: 56 kg
  • Awards: BET Awards
  • TV Show: Douglas Family Gold
  • Siblings: Johnathan Douglas, Joyelle Douglas, Arielle Douglas
  • Books: Grace, Gold, and Glory: My Leap of Faith, Raising the Bar
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Synopsis

Gabby Douglas is an American artistic gymnast, best known as the first Afro- American who won the individual all-around event. She also won gold medals for the U.S. in the team competitions at the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics.

In 2012, Douglas became the fourth Gymnast in the American history to be honored with the Associated Press’s award ‘Female Athlete of the Year.' 

Early life and education

Gabby Douglas was born as Gabrielle Christina Victoria on December 31, 1995, in Newport News, Virginia. She belongs to Afro-American ethnicity and holds an American nationality. 

Douglas is the daughter of Timothy Douglas and Natalie Hawkins-Douglas. She has three older siblings - two sisters, Joyelle& Arielle and a brother, John.

Douglas was interested towards Gymnastics since her young age and had a flexible body which encouraged her parents to think about sending her for gymnastic training.

She joined training when she was six after her elder sister pushed her parents to allow Gabby in the gymnastic classes.

Career

Gabby Douglas made her national debut in 2008, at US Classic in Texas where Douglas placed 10th place in all-around rankings. She went on to beat her opponent at the 2008 Visa Championships in Boston, Massachusetts.

Douglas grabbed the attention of national team’s coordinator Martha Karolyi, who nicknamed her ‘Flying Squirrel’ due to Douglas’s excellent high flying skills.

Later in the Summer Olympics 2012, the gold was obtained by the US team of which Douglas was an integral part, but she returned empty handed in most of the individual events. 

Douglas named to the Senior National Team for the first time since 2012 and earned an invite to the 2015 Worlds Selection Camp in September. On 8 October 2015, it declared that she had selected as a member of the 2015 US Women's World Championship team.

Personal life

All the years Douglas’s been in the limelight, she has faced severe criticism due to the allegations of bleaching her skin to look fair, her hairstyle and her breast enhancement treatment along with her ‘unpatriotic’ behavior at international events.

However, Douglas has denied the accusations, but all these controversies had a toll on her emotional and psychological health.

Douglas, along with her mother, produced a film based on her life, for the Lifetime Channel. She was just 20 years old then.

Douglas has, in fact, maintained that she is motivated by the glamor world and as a result, her reality TV show came into existence, by the name ‘Douglas Family Gold.'

There are no rumors about her of having a boyfriend. She is single and doing her best in her career.

Net worth

Gabby Douglas has earned an enormous amount of salary from her career. Her current net worth is around $3 million. The Associated Press Female Athlete of the year receives a good amount from her endorsement deals with the companies like Kellogg and Nike.

Most recently, she signed a deal with Gillette Venus and will make between $1 million- $3 million from her deal with Kellogg's.

  • Last modified : 25 August, 2017
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