Top 3 Role Models for Kids - Gabby Douglas, the flying squirrel, is a gymnast who participated in the 2012 London Olympics. gabby-douglas. Before Gabby, no African-American gymnast had become all-around champion.
Gabby Douglas: Gymnastics Age: 16 Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA Girl guide: The 4-foot-11 Vampire Diaries fanatic left her family at age 14 to train alongside 2008 Olympics darling Shawn Johnson in Iowa. "She's given me so much," Douglas, who's home-schooled, tells Us. "She tells me never to give up."
Gabby Douglas Age: 16 Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA Fun Fact: The Virginia native currently lives in Iowa, where she trains with Shawn Johnson's coach, Liang Chow, and "hasn't been home since 2010!" her mom tells Us.
Photo of gymnast Gabrielle (Gabby) Douglas, member of the 2012 US Olympic gymnastics team. Has her head on straight at age 17 - says she "meditates on Scripture" and that "the Bible helps me". Such a great inspiration in every way!!
TV Movie on Lifetime ~ A prodigy from a very young age, Gabby Douglas originally made her mark on the world of competitive gymnastics at age eight. She won numerous state championship titles in her age group throughout her early competitive career. While her star was fast rising in the arena, Gabby and her family faced economic challenges at home and she made the difficult decision to leave her mother Natalie, three siblings and grandmother in Virginia Beach and move to Des Moines, Iowa, to…