Gabby Douglas achievements in Olympics 2012
Gabby Douglas is the face of US women’s gymnastics; the 16 year old young girl is also the first African American gymnast. She is also the first American gymnast to have won gold in both – the individual all-around and team competition at the same Olympics.
The instant fame hit her hard that she lost focus towards the end, as the 16 year old girl from Virginia beach began to waver toward the fag end of the competition. Gabby Douglas finished last on the uneven bars on Monday and second-last on the balance beam on Tuesday. She was quoted as saying, “Toward the end of the Olympics, you get physically tired and drained. And no matter how much rest you have, your body is tired,” she said. “I made a little mistake, but I’m human . . . I don’t know, you just get to mentally, you’re just so tired.”
Douglas said though she was disappointed and could have been better, she was happy that she was going home with two gold medals. The comments on her hair, the good or the bad of it and a lot of other views that were being put forward began to show on the little genius’ performance. Gabby Douglas said, “”It’s going to be crazy,” she said. “There will be parades. I’m ready for it. My life is going to change so much. I made the history books.”
Gabby Douglas Hair Pics, Comments
As some section of social media starting putting their views on Gabby Douglas hair and saying it was ‘unkempt’ and ‘not set properly’, her mother Natalie Hawkins said that she had considered changing her daughter’s hairstyle but her coach had stopped her. . “I was trying to get her into a hair appointment and I wanted to move her training schedule around and he said to me, ‘She’s beautiful. You don’t need to change her hair. We need to focus on training.’”
Currently, Gabby Douglas lives and trains in Des Moines, Iowa with a host family. Hawkins said, “”She lives with a white host family and they don’t know anything about taking care of her hair. And there’s no black salons in their area — not one. We had to work really hard to find a stylist to come and do her hair… It’s really been African-American women that have come out and attacked her. They don’t know about gymnastics. She has to keep her hair in a ponytail 28-30 hours a week.”
Some accusations even went on to say that Gabby Douglas’s hair was not real. Caring not much about these, Gabby said, . “‘I just made history and people are focused on my hair? It can be bald or short; it doesn’t matter about (my) hair.”
Gabby Douglas’ father – Timothy Douglas
Gabby Douglas has been saying that her father Timothy Douglas was responsible for her family’s financial problems. Her father has been noticeably absent from the Olympic events too. The 16 year old world champion had this to say about her Air-Force father, “It was really hard for us growing up — my dad had left us, so he wasn’t really in the picture anymore. So my mom had to front all these bills. My dad didn’t really pay the child support. He was short [on money]. It was definitely hard on her part, and she had to take care of me and the rest of my siblings.”
Last week she had given an interview to NBC news saying she missed her dad “I just had to pray to God just to keep him safe and tell the angels to keep my dad safe and come home,” she said of her dad, an Air Force Staff Sgt. Who is stationed in Afghanistan as part of the Air National Guard, 203rd Red Horse Squadron.
Th USA Today has reported that Gabby Douglas had not seen her father since 2010 before the Olympic trials got underway in June.”There’s exuberance. There’s a feeling that you can’t describe. Sometimes, when she had a rough time, I’d tell her to hang in there. ‘You know what it takes to be a winner; you know what your goals are. You just keep on your goals.’ Some things that I tell her I have to remind myself. Those are all things we can all abide by,” he said.
Timothy Douglas was deployed to working in the Middle East when Gabby was just 9. The divorce process between Gabby’s mom and dad are still on. Though the parents have separated, they were still supportive of their daughter’s Olympic dream. Timothy Douglas gave advice to his daughter through Skype, encouraging his daughter to never give up on the dreams of a gold medal.
Gabby Douglas Endorsements
On August 3, 2012, the Kellogg Company announced that it would put a picture of Gabby Douglas standing on the podium with her gold medal on special editing boxes of Cornflakes this fall.
Gabby Douglas House Pics
The house you see right below is the one where Gabby stays along with her mother and three kids, post divorce. The actual house is second from the left.
The house that you see below is the house of Timothy Douglas, her father. This is in Chesapeake, Virginia.
Gabby Douglas Performance Pics – Floor Routine and Uneven Bars
Here is the Gold Medal Performance video of Gabby Douglas