The elite gymnast and two-time member of the U.S. National Gymnastics team is getting the attention of pretty much everybod, with the high-flying moves she executes on the uneven bars.
The 16-year-old gymnastic phenom started in the sport at age six and in 2010 moved from Virginia to West Des Moines, Iowa, to live with a host family so she could train with Liang Chow, who is also the coach of 2008 Olympic balance beam champion Shawn Johnson.
Now, having been a member of the U.S. team that won the gold medal at the 2011 World Gymnastics Championships in Tokyo, The Flying Squirrel, as her team calls her, is pursuing her dream of joining the U.S. Olympic Team in 2012.
Douglas dominated her turn on the uneven bars last weekend at the Visa Championships in St. Louis.
Her talents rank her amongst the best in an event where Americans traditionally have been weak. This of course favors Douglas because with just five spots and so many talented, experienced gymnasts in the mix, each woman needs to show how she can contribute to the ultimate goal of winning team gold in London.
While the young gymnast is unquestionably one of the more talented females in the sport right now, she is not about to be distracted by those who might doubt her.
Root for me, and thank you if you do, Douglas told Fourth-Place Medal at the recent U.S. Classic. And if you don't, you're going to miss out.
One of her biggest fans that has been rooting for her the whole way through is her father.
Mr. Douglas, a member of the Air National Guard, recently finished a tour in Afghanistan, but is now home and around to watch Gabrielle claim a bid for the U.S. Olympic team.
Watch Gabrielle Douglas dominate the uneven bars at the Pacific Rim Women's Gymnastics Championships. Though she was 19th in the all-around, she had the highest score on the uneven bars, 15.150.