(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Wow, look at that photo! Isn’t that such a great shot?!?!
Not only can you see a great pair of cut athletic legs and a form I could only dream about, but this still photo also captures what looks to be poise, grace, and confidence.
This is Gabrielle “Gabby” Douglas, the 16 year old prowess on the uneven bars who is simply remarkable as she lives up to her name “The Flying Squirrel.”
Gabby started in gymnastics at age 3 when her older sister, Arielle – a former gymnast, taught her how to do a perfectly straight cartwheel. By the age of 4, Gabrielle had taught herself how to do a cartwheel with one hand, per her official bio.
Heck, I can’t even do a straight cartwheel anymore…sheesh! LOL
Luckily her mother was convinced that she could use formal gymnastics training which started at 6 years old and by the time she was 8, she had already won a state championship.
Gabby only JUST made the cut-off to go to Worlds last year (a meet that started her impending rise) as she turned 16 on December 31st, 2011 (the last day to qualify as one needs to be 16 in the calendar year prior to compete)!
According to her team profile, Gabby enjoys:
Favorite school subject: English
Hobbies or favorite activities: Reading, knitting
Favorite book(s): Twilight
Favorite TV show(s): Vampire Diaries
Favorite Food: Mexican and Italian
And listening to Gabby talk is inspiring as you don’t hear many young folks declaring how confident they are with themselves.
Here’s an interview with Gabby discussing her confidence, plans, love of her coach, and her teen taste in music.
Video Link (2:23 min)
Impressive indeed as only yesterday, on July 31, 2012, Douglas and 4 other amazing teens of the U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Team - Kyla Ross, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Jordyn Wieber - took home a team gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, the first gold medal for the American women’s gymnastics team since 1996.
Congratulations to the USA Gymnastics team for winning the Gold medal!!
Over to you…
Who are your favorite gymnasts? Also, if you know of an uncommon teen, please let me know as I’d love to highlight some of the talents, genius, and journeys of the next generation of young folks!