With the Olympics a couple weeks away, we thought we would get acquainted with some of the shining stars we will be seeing this summer. Our first feature is with first time Olympian, 16 year old,
Gabrielle (Gabby) Douglas
"Long called an underdog, Gabby Douglas likes her new label a whole lot more. Olympian," according to ESPN magazine. At the tender age of 16, Gabby Douglas will be competing for the ultimate prize, an Olympic Medal and she could not be more excited. Not only is Gabby a master at the uneven bars but she has a personality that lights up the gym. With her talent and personality combined, she beat Jordyn Wieber for the first time at the Olympic Trials. This win guaranteed her a spot at the London Olympics."Everyone was telling me you have this great potential and you can be on top," Douglas said. "I didn't believe that, but everyone was just telling me to believe in myself. I did and I kind of up on top and it's amazing."
Gabby began training at 6 years old after her older sister, Arielle, begged their mom to allow Gabby to train. At age 14, she moved from her home state of Virginia to West Des Moines, Iowa to train with Liang Chow, past Olympic beam coach of Olympian Shawn Johnson. Gabby made her debut at the 2010 Nastia Liukin SuperGirl Cup, where she placed 4th all around and from there her career began to sky rocket.
At the 2011 World Championships, she along with teammates, Jordyn Wieber and Alexandra Raisman, nailed each event and took home the Gold Medal, for the US team. This win pushed Gabby, to take it to the next level. At this year's Olympic Trials she proved to herself she could be the front-runner of the US Olympic Gymnastics team by taking home first. We can not wait to see how she, along with the rest of the Women's US Olympic Gymnastics's team does at this year's games! And according to ESPN magazine, "Led by the 1-2 punch of Douglas and Wieber, this will be the strongest team the Americans have had since 1996, one that will be not just favored but expected to bring home only the second Olympic team gold." We are rooting for our girls all the way!