Gabrielle Christina Victoria Douglas was born on December 31, 1995. Douglas started Gymnastics in 2002 at the instance of her sister, Arielle, who told their mother that Gabby would make a good gymnast. Douglas represented the USA in 2011 at the World Gymnastics Championships in Tokyo, Japan where the team would the gold medal in the team event. In 2012, Douglas came in second place at the National Visa Championships, finishing behind teammate Jordyn Wieber by just 0.2 points. On July 1, 2012, Douglas secured her spot on the USA Olympic team by coming in first at the Olympic trials. Douglas and her teammates won the team medal on July 31, 2012 becoming only the second American team to win the title. Two days later, Douglas won the individual all-around title, becoming the first American to win both the team and all-around titles.
Douglas was named to her second Olympic team in July 2016 making her the first women to return after winning an all-around title since Nadia Comăneci returned in 1980.