Who Is Gabby Douglas?


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Gabby Douglas was a member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic women's gymnastics team; she was also the first African American to win a gold medal as an individual in the all-around event. Her given name is Gabrielle Christina Victoria Douglas. She is also known by the nickname "the Flying Squirrel."

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Gabby Douglas was born in Virginia Beach, Va., on New Year's Eve in 1995, and she began gymnastics training when she was 6 years old. She became a state champion in Virginia at the age of 8 and placed fourth all-around in her first national competition in 2010. Gabby Douglas came in first at the 2012 Olympic Trials.

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