Athlete Mindset: What it Takes to Be an Olympian
Gold medal-winning Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas shares her champion’s perspective on how to cultivate an athlete mindset and what it takes to be an Olympian. From her journey to the top of the podium to her success as a pop culture icon, Gabby offers unparalleled advice on how to raise the bar in life and accomplish your dreams.
Mental Health: Overcoming the Negative to Keep Going
Celebrated Olympian, author, and entrepreneur Gabby Douglas has been in the spotlight from a young age – competing on the world’s biggest stage and taking home the gold. Through the years, Gabby has worked to prioritize her mental health – including taking a break from toxic social media and developing her resilience. In this inspirational conversation, Gabby shares a powerful message about how to overcome the negative and keep going to achieve your dreams.
How to Get Back into the Game After Taking a Break
For world-renowned athlete and Olympian Gabby Douglas, staying at the top of her game has been a lifelong pursuit across industries. From winning numerous gold medals to debuting her autobiography on the New York Times bestselling list, Gabby’s drive and achievement are unmatched. In this uplifting conversation, Gabby shares her journey back to gymnastics and offers advice on how to get back into the game after taking a break.
Women's Empowerment: Finding Your “Fierce Five”
Olympian Gabby Douglas is not only a force to be reckoned with, but she’s also a devoted member of a powerful team. Gabby was the star member of the “Fierce Five,” making history as the first Black woman to win the Olympic Individual All-Around Champion and the first U.S. gymnast to win gold in both individual and team all-arounds. In this inspirational conversation, Gabby shares how audiences can find their own “Fierce Five” – and work together to bring out the best in each other.
Gabby Douglas is a 27-year-old American Olympic gymnast, author, and entrepreneur, who is best known for her performance at the 2012 London Olympic Games where she became the first Black woman to win the Olympic Individual All-Around Champion. She also became the first U.S. gymnast to earn gold in both the individual and team all-around competitions, earning her the first 2 of her 3 career Olympic gold medals.
Gabby was born in Newport News, VA, and began training in gymnastics at age 6. Two years later, she won the Level 4 Virginia all-around gymnastics title. After winning the silver medal at the 2010 U.S. Junior National Championships when she was 14 years old, Gabby made the difficult decision to move away from her family to Des Moines, Iowa, to train under Liang Chow, who had famously led Shawn Johnson to Olympic gold in the 2008 Beijing games.
After training with Chow for two years, Gabby secured the only guaranteed spot on the U.S. Women’s Olympic Gymnastics team for the London games by winning the 2012 Olympic trials. At the London games, Gabby emerged as the star member of the “Fierce Five,” a team that became beloved by the media for their dominance at the Olympics. Gabby was the only member of the five who competed on all four apparatuses (vault, uneven bars, balance beam, and floor exercise) during the finals of the team competition, where the U.S. won gold. Gabby followed this team success by winning the gold medal in the individual all-around.
Four years later in 2016, Gabby returned to the Olympic games in Rio De Janeiro, where she helped the United States win a consecutive gold medal – her third – as a member of the “Final Five.”
Gabby’s Olympic successes, particularly during the London games, earned her media attention and adulation. She was featured on the 2012 cover of Sports Illustrated Olympic Preview and in the same year, Kellogg’s placed a picture of Gabby on a special-edition box of corn flakes (which broke the tradition of Olympians appearing on Wheaties boxes). She also appeared in Nintendo’s ad campaign for New Super Mario Bros. 2.
Even after competing, Gabby continued to cross over from sports to pop culture. In 2012 she released her autobiography Grace, Gold, and Glory: My Leap of Faith which debuted at number 4 on the New York Times Young Adult Bestseller list. Gabby’s journey to Olympic gold was then dramatized in the 2014 Lifetime movie The Gabby Douglas Story. In 2016, she starred in the Oxygen reality show Douglas Family Gold.
Her additional media appearances include leading the Pledge of Allegiance at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, performing a miniature floor routine at the 2012 MTV VMA’s, playing a small acting role on Disney XD series Kickin’ It, appearing as a judge at the 2017 Miss America pageant, making a celebrity guest appearance eon Undercover Boss and winning The Masked Dancer in 2020. This year, Gabby is set to guest star in a second-season episode of the Disney+ animated series The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder.
After taking a hiatus from gymnastics, Gabby recently announced on July 13th, 2023, her return to the sport she dominated via an Instagram post. She has been training diligently with eyes on the 2024 Olympics in Paris, France. Douglas will compete for a spot on Team USA later this year as she looks to capture the world's attention just as she did in 2016 and 2012.