Gabrielle Douglas, Olympic Champion   Leave a comment


Gabrielle Douglas (born 31 December 1995) is an elite artistic gymnast who is a two-time member of the U.S. National Gymnastics Team and has been named to the U.S. team (that won the gold medal in the team finals) for the 2011 World Gymnastics Championships in Tokyo, Japan.[1] In 2010, she moved from Virginia to West Des Moines, Iowa to live with a host family so she could train with Liang Chow.

Douglas started gymnastics when she was 6 years old, after her sister Arielle convinced her mother to let her do gymnastics. Gabby went on to earn the 2004 State Championship title in Virginia.

 2010

Douglas made her debut on the national scene at the 2010 Nastia Liukin SuperGirl Cup, a televised Level 10 meet held in Worcester, Massachusetts, where Douglas placed fourth all-around.[2]

Her first elite meet was the 2010 CoverGirl Classic in Chicago, Illinois, where Douglas placed third on balance beam, 6th on vault and 9th all-around in the junior division.[3]

At the 2010 U.S. Junior National Championships, Douglas won the silver medal on balance beam, placed fourth all-around and on vault, and tied for eighth on floor exercise.[4]

In the 2010 Pan American Championships in Guadalajara, Mexico, Douglas won the uneven bars title, and she won a share of the U.S. team gold medal. She also placed fifth all-around.[5]

 2011

In the 2011 City of Jesolo Trophy in Italy during March, Douglas won a share of the U.S. team gold medal. She also placed second on floor, tied for third on beam, and placed fourth in the all-around and on vault.[6]

At the 2011 CoverGirl Classic in Chicago, Illinois, Douglas earned the silver medal on the uneven bars.[7]

In St. Paul, Minnesota, at the 2011 National Championships, Douglas tied for third on bars and placed 7th all-around despite having major trouble on Balance Beam.[8]

After two selection camps at the Karolyi Ranch in New Waverly, Texas, Douglas was named to the 2011 U.S. World Championships Team, scheduled for October in Tokyo, Japan.

In the preliminary round of competition at the 2011 World Championships, Douglas delivered a strong performance on every event, placing fifth (57.6570) all-around.[9] Nonetheless, because teammates Jordyn Wieber (who placed second) and Alexandra Raisman (who placed fourth) notched higher finishes in the all-around, Douglas was ineligible to compete in the all-around final due to the “two [athlete] per country” rule. Douglas qualified to the uneven bars final with a sixth-place finish (14.866), with skills including a Tkatchev, a Pak salto and a full-twisting double-back dismount.[10] Her skills on beam included a standing full and a tucked double back dismount. The U.S. team finished the preliminary round in first place (234.253), ahead of Russia (231.062), China (230.370) and Romania (227.228).[11]

During the women’s team final competition, Douglas contributed to the U.S. effort on uneven bars (14.733), where her skills included a Tkatchev and a tucked full-in dismount. The U.S. won the team gold medal (179.411) over second-place Russia (175.329) and third-place China (172.820).[12] She also made the uneven bars finals where she placed 5th after suffering from an error during her routine.

 2012

Gabrielle Douglas continued to pursue her goal of making the Olympic Team in 2012 and appeared first in competition at the AT&T American Cup, revealing an upgraded bar routine (piked Tkatchev) and an Amanar on vault (2 1/2 twisting Yurchenko). Gabrielle received the highest total all-around score in the Women’s competition, ahead of current world champion, compatriot Jordyn Wieber. Gabirelle however, was not entered in the competition, so her scores did not count towards her winning the competition.

Posted March 4, 2012 by pennylibertygbow in Uncategorized

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