Gabby was the first African-American female to win an all-around medal in the Olympic Games; but, she faced a lot of hardships. Gabby was born on December 31, 1995, in Virginia. When she was just two months old, the Douglas family became homeless. They lived in a hot, stuffy van. When her mom and her three older siblings finally got a home for themselves, Gabby started gymnastics. When she was 14, she moved by herself to West Des Moines, Iowa, to be coached by Liang Chow. While in Iowa, she faced a major setback only a year before Olympic trials. She pulled her hamstring. She was out of gymnastics for almost six months. But Gabby came back, better than ever to win a gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. In 2016, she went back to the Olympic Games to win another gold medal in the team all-around.
Gabby has influenced many lives along the way.
Central Middle School sixth grader Caelan Scott admires Gabby Douglas’ spirit.