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born 1995

Gabby Douglas wowed the world at the 2012 London Olympics when she became the first African American to win the individual all-around in gymnastics and helped lead the U.S. women's team to its first gold medal since 1996.

Her life hasn't slowed down since. Between appearances + endorsement deals, Gabby's written 2 books, released a bio-pic and even appeared on an episode of The CW's hit show The Vampire Diaries.

Now she's back in the gym hoping for another shot at Olympic gold in 2016 in Brazil.  

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her quotes

all quotes by Gabby Douglas (9)

"You know, God has a plan for me, and I'm going to follow in his footsteps and just rejoice and be happy."

Gabrielle Douglas closes in on amazing feat: making the U.S. Olympic team | june 2012

"Believe, don't fear, believe."

Gabby Douglas' Long Journey to Olympic Gold | august 2012

"I have an advantage because I’m the underdog and I’m black and no one thinks I’d ever win."

Gabby Douglas' Long Journey to Gymnastics Gold | august 2012

"It’s very tough for me to focus. I’m like: ‘Look, something shiny! No, focus. Oh, there goes a butterfly!’"

Gabby Douglas' Long Journey to Gymnastics Gold | august 2012

"My mom used to tell me when I was little, 'When it rains, it's God's manifestation, a big day's waiting to happen.'"

People Magazine | august 2012

"Gold medals are made out of your sweat, blood and tears and effort in the gym every day."

Gabby Douglas | august 2012

"God has given me this awesome talent to represent Him. Glory goes up to Him, and the blessings fall down on us."

U.S. gold medalist Gabrielle Douglas: 'glory goes' to God | august 2012

"I’m in a relationship! His name is Jim...Nastics!"

The Washington Post | may 2016

"When I fall, it’s my family who picks me up."

The Washington Post | may 2016
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curated with care by Kathleen Murray {september 2014}