[42], Douglas finished eighth in uneven bars,[43][44] and seventh in balance beam. Ms. Carolyn has always been there for her two daughters, Natalie and Bianca, and her four grandchildren. [5], At the 2011 U.S. National Championships in St. Paul, Minnesota, Douglas tied for third on bars and placed seventh all-around. In the next two years, Gabby saw her mother only four times. She scored a 15.166 on the vault, a 15.766 on the uneven bars, a 14.833 on the balance beam, and a 14.366 on the floor exercise. Coyote Ugly Turns 20: Where Is the Cast Now? On July 11, Mattel, Inc. released a "Gymnast Barbie" doll modeled after Douglas. Her grand total was 117.800 for both nights, putting her in fourth all-around.[59]. The stated reasoning for Douglas's delay is that she wishes to return as strong as – or stronger than – when she left. On floor, she had bad wobbles on her double Y-turn and her double turn with leg at horizontal (then didn't connect to her single turn with leg at horizontal). [70], In September 2012, Nintendo announced that Douglas would be part of a new ad campaign for New Super Mario Bros. While she competed at the 2009 Visa Championships in Dallas, Texas, Douglas was unable to perform her full routines and competed only on balance beam and floor exercise. [48], In mid-July, it was announced that Douglas had once again left Chow's Gymnastics & Dance Institute. [67], On August 3, the Kellogg Company announced that it would put a picture of Douglas standing on the podium with her gold medal on special-edition boxes of corn flakes, breaking the tradition of Olympic athletes appearing on Wheaties boxes. [13] She has three older siblings: two sisters, Arielle and Joyelle, and one brother, Johnathan. Making the Olympics was a pro. As she prepares for this year’s Games, Douglas’ mother continues to be one of her closest confidants and biggest cheerleaders. A courageous and devoted mother, Natalie is used to being in charge—both at home and in the gym, as a manager to her daughter—2012 two-time Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas. “My mom definitely encourages me throughout my whole journey, and she’s always been there,” Douglas explains. On November 13, 2015, The Columbus Dispatch revealed that Douglas would participate in the 2016 AT&T American Cup, in Newark, New Jersey. In addition to being at the top of her game, maintaining a balance of gymnastics and family is crucial to her success. Douglas competed on UB and BB, scoring a 15.650 on UB to finish in 3rd behind Ashton Locklear and Madison Kocian on that event. You'll get the latest updates on this topic in your browser notifications. "[16] The impetus for Douglas' move to Iowa was when Walker had invited Chow to teach a clinic at her gym, Excalibur. Inside the gym, she is extremely disciplined, focused, and determined. She has to utilize the same lessons that she instilled in them and trust that they will lean on their deep rooted faith and values. On Night 2, she scored a 14.900 on vault, a 14.500 on uneven bars, a 15.050 on balance beam, and a 14.450 on floor exercise. Don’t focus on the negative energy, instead focus on the positive people supporting you and lifting you up.”. On beam, she had a shaky routine with balance checks but did score a 14.450. Ms. Carolyn is the matriarch of the family. Gabrielle Douglas was born in Newport News, Virginia and grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia, to parents Timothy Douglas and Natalie Hawkins-Douglas. [46], In August 2013, Douglas left Missy Parton's home, and moved to Los Angeles to be with her family. 179–186. “When I fall, it’s my family that picks me up,” Douglas tells PEOPLE. She says, “I’ve been in that boat where people have definitely doubted me or told me that I couldn’t do it, so I tell them you know what? [72], In December 2012, Douglas released her autobiography, Grace, Gold, and Glory: My Leap of Faith. Now, Gabby has set her next goal in making the 2016 Rio Olympic Team. At that time they were also training promising junior Norah Flatley, who many considered similar to both Douglas and Shawn Johnson in performance style. She's our slave," when chalk was needed to be scraped off the bars. [60], On August 7, Douglas competed in the Women's Qualification at the 2016 Summer Olympics at the HSBC Arena (Arena Olimpica de Rio) in Rio de Janeiro. Now that her little sister has accomplished her dreams, Arie is ready to branch out and pursue a career path of her own—one that does not include being her mom’s assistant. Douglas moved from Virginia Beach, Virginia, to West Des Moines, Iowa, and lived with a family she had never met. [78] In 2015, it was announced that a reality television show for the Oxygen channel had been commissioned to follow Douglas and her family's life, issued under the working title Douglas Family Gold. "[22] Douglas has also stated in her biography that when she was younger her "family practiced some of the Jewish traditions", including attending a Conservative Jewish synagogue, keeping kosher, and celebrating Hanukah. Douglas also competed individually on the balance beam and… [23][24], Douglas made her international debut in 2008 at the US Classic in Houston, Texas, where she placed 10th place in the all-around rankings. She had a consistent night hitting clean routines. [47], In mid-April 2014, Douglas returned to Iowa to train once more with Coach Chow, in an attempt to qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Although Hawkins was hesitant, Douglas’ three protective older siblings – Arielle Hawkins, Joy and Jonathan Douglas – knew they had to let her go. [63], Douglas finished seventh in the uneven bars event final. When the team final scores were announced, Douglas and her teammates called themselves the "Final Five" in honor of coach Marta Karolyi's retirement and the team size being reduced to four beginning in 2020. [82], In 2017, she went public about having been sexually abused as a teenager by Larry Nassar, a former doctor for USA Gymnastics. Douglas started Night 1 on vault and despite a hop backwards on her double-twisting Yurchenko vault, she scored a 15.150. [61] Douglas also changed coaches during the competition, but kept her assistant coach. Douglas was a nominee for the Laureus World Sports Award for Breakthrough of the Year. The following routines are those that were performed by Douglas at either an Olympic or a World Championships competition. Later on, Douglas suffered from a hamstring strain and a hip flexor injury in July. [68], On August 26, Douglas spoke about racist bullying at Excalibur Gymnastics in an interview with Oprah Winfrey and how it nearly made her quit the sport. Outside of the gym, Gabby is nothing but smiles as the youngest member of her close-knit family. She described an incident in which she had heard other girls at the gym say, "Why doesn't Gabby do it? Making a consecutive team in gymnastics is nearly unheard of. Although she was no longer training with Chow, she said that she was still preparing to compete in the 2016 Olympics. On October 8, 2015, it was announced that Douglas had been selected as a member of the 2015 US Women's World Championship team.[53]. Carpenter announced that Douglas would not aim to return to competition at the 2014 national championships, as previously planned, but would instead train with a goal of returning in time for Worlds 2015. A strong and determined woman with a heart for family, she decided to retire from her job of 35+ years and move to Ohio to help make sure Gabby is well fed and cared for as she focuses on training for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Gabby Douglas is back at the Olympic Games to defend her individual all-around and team gold medals, but she’s not doing it completely alone. [16] However, Chow subsequently informed Douglas's Excalibur coaches that he had agreed to train her, but pointed out that he did not recruit her, saying, "I would never recruit anybody to my program." [56], In March 2016, following her win at the 2016 AT&T American Cup, Douglas participated at the 2016 City of Jesolo Trophy,[57] where she won the all-around title.[58]. [17][18], At 14, she moved to Des Moines, Iowa, to train full-time with coach Liang Chow. [10] Douglas has also written a book about her life and what it takes to be an Olympic gold medalist by determination and perseverance. Credit: Joy, 22, might seem like the reserved and observant one in the family, but she has a huge personality. At the 2012 Summer Olympics gymnastics event at the O2 Arena (North Greenwich Arena) in London, Douglas and her teammates – Jordyn Wieber, McKayla Maroney, captain Aly Raisman and Kyla Ross (collectively nicknamed the "Fierce Five"), won the team event gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics – the first since the "Magnificent Seven", including Shannon Miller, Dominique Moceanu, Kerri Strug and Dominique Dawes, did so as hosts in Atlanta in 1996. She is the 2012 Olympic all around champion and the 2015 World all-around silver medalist. Douglas competed at the 2016 Secret US Classic in Hartford, Connecticut, on June 4. “I feel like she tries not to say as much,” Douglas says with a laugh. She then won the gold medal in the individual all-around, becoming the first African-American woman, as well as the first woman of color of any nationality, to win the event. [5], At 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. Douglas helped the USA win gold in the team competition and also placed 4th all-around behind defending World Champion Simone Biles, newcomer Bailie Key, and Olympic teammate Aly Raisman. While watching her children navigate their own paths, she remains committed to being there for them every step of the way. Arie, 26, is the oldest of four children. [5], In October, at age 14, Douglas moved into the home of Missy Parton in West Des Moines, Iowa, to train under Liang Chow, the former coach of 2007 World Champion and 2008 Summer Olympics gold medalist Shawn Johnson. Get more details about the Olympic gymnast's family, here. Douglas performed all the gymnastic stunts herself. You may not hear it, but she’s always thinking! Here's a state-by-state guide to casting a ballot on Tuesday, Princess Diana died when Harry was just 12 years old, The Sweetest Photos of Princes Harry with Diana, First-Time Voters Across the Country Share Why the 2020 Election Matters to Them. Chow and his wife were delighted to have Douglas return to the Iowa gym, which they had not expected she would after her departure to Los Angeles in summer 2013. She was also the 2016 AT&T American Cup all-around champion. She is a selfless sister who sacrificed so much to help Gabby fulfill her dream of becoming an Olympian. She became the fourth gymnast to receive the honor.[65]. Márta Károlyi, the National Team Coordinator for USA Gymnastics, nicknamed Douglas the "Flying Squirrel" for her aerial performance on the uneven bars.[34][35][36]. "Don't focus on the negative energy, instead focus on the positive people supporting you and lifting you up," the gymnast star says. Arie, 26, is the oldest of four children. God has given me this amazing God-given talent, so I'm going to go out and glorify His name. If you would like to opt out of browser push notifications, please refer to the following instructions specific to your device and browser: Olympic Gymnast Gabby Douglas Reveals Her Sweet Support Crew – Led by Mom.