Gabby Douglas Photos: A Look at the Olympic Champion's Gymnastics Career

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2010 US Nationals

Photo of Olympic Gabrielle Douglas
Gabrielle Douglas. © Cammie Backus

At the 2010 US nationals, 14-year-old Gabby Douglas placed fourth all-around behind future Olympic teammates Kyla Ross (who won) and McKayla Maroney (third). She also earned the silver medal behind Ross on beam.

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2011 Worlds: Team Finals

2011 US Women's World Team -- World Champions and Gold Medalists
The US women win gold at the 2011 worlds. © Lintao Zhang / Getty Images

In just her first worlds, Douglas -- the youngest competitor of the meet -- helped the US team earn the world title. Douglas was born on Dec. 31, 1995, the last day to be age-eligible to compete at that worlds.

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2011 Worlds: Bar Finals

Photo of Gabrielle (Gabby) Douglas from the 2011 worlds in Tokyo
© Gabrielle Douglas at 2011 worlds. © Adam Pretty / Getty Images

Douglas also qualified to the event finals on bars, placing fifth, even though she hit her foot on the bar after a Tkatchev. (Watch Gabby Douglas at the 2011 worlds.)

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2012 US Nationals

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Douglas was the runner-up at US nationals to Jordyn Wieber. Douglas was tied with Wieber after day one, but had a fall on beam on the second day. Still, she was only .200 behind Wieber after the competition was complete. Douglas also won bars and placed third on floor.

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2012 Olympic Trials

Gabrielle Douglas
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Gabby Douglas won the 2012 Olympic Trials, earning the only guaranteed berth onto the 2012 Olympic team and edging American teammate and 2011 world all-around champ Jordyn Wieber by only .100. She also tied for first with Kyla Ross on bars, and was third on beam behind Aly Raisman and Wieber.

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2012 Olympics: Team Prelims

Gabby Douglas Gymnastics Photo
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Douglas had a good day in the preliminary round at the 2012 Olympic Games. Her only error came on floor, with an out-of-bounds deduction on one tumbling pass. On everything else she was as solid as a rock, and she earned spots in the all-around finals, as well as the bars and beam event finals. She also helped the US team qualify into finals with a commanding lead of 1.434.

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2012 Olympics: Team Finals

Gabby Douglas Olympic Gymnastics Photo
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Douglas competed on all four events in the pressure-packed team finals, and ended on floor. She rocked her routine, earning a 15.066, the third-highest score of the day.

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2012 Olympics: Team Finals

US Gymnastics Team Wins Gold
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The US women won gold by more than five points over silver medalist Russia, in an incredible performance that included no falls throughout two days of competition. It was the first time an American gymnastics team had won Olympic gold since 1996.

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2012 Olympics: All-Around Finals

Gabrielle Douglas
Gabrielle Douglas. © Streeter Lecka / Getty Images

Gabby Douglas continued her momentum from the team final, winning the all-around gold two nights later. She was the first African-American woman to win the Olympic all-around, and the first American woman to win both the team and all-around gold.

Douglas became the third consecutive US Olympic all-around champ as well: Carly Patterson won in 2004, and Nastia Liukin in 2008.

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2012 Olympics: Event Finals

Gabby Douglas 2012 Olympics Bars Event Finals
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Douglas also qualified to the bars and beam event finals at the Games, finishing eighth on bars and seventh on beam.

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2012: Ringing the Bell at the NYSE

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Gabrielle Douglas and her Fierce Five teammates (Aly Raisman, Jordyn Wieber, McKayla Maroney, and Kyla Ross) became celebrities after the London Games. One of the cool perks: They got to ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange on August 14, 2012.

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2012 MTV Awards

Gabby Douglas MTV Awards
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The Fierce Five introduced Alicia Keys at the MTV VMA Awards on Sept. 6, 2012. As Keys' sang "Girl on Fire," Nicki Minaj came on to rap her verse, which includes the line "I win the gold like Gabby."

Douglas appeared on the stage to cheers from the crowd, performed some front handsprings, back handsprings, and leaps, and high-fived Alicia Keys before exiting.

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2015 World Championships

Simone Biles and Gabby Douglas
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After taking some time off after London, Gabby Douglas returned to training and was back on the US team at worlds in 2015. She helped the squad win its third consecutive world team title, and placed second in the all-around to US teammate Simone Biles.

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2016 American Cup

Gabby Douglas and Ryohei Kato at the 2016 American Cup
Ryohei Kato and Gabby Douglas, winners of the 2016 American Cup. © Elsa / Getty Images

Douglas started 2016 off on a high note, winning the American Cup alongside Japan's Ryohei Kato. In doing so, she continued to make the case for herself as a strong contender to make the 2016 Olympic team.