Her coaches nicknamed her The Flying Squirrel, but now the world knows her name.
Gabby Douglas moved from her home in Virginia to train with Liang Chow in West Des Moines two years ago, and Thursday in London that move paid off. Douglas turned in a commanding performance to win gold in the women’s all-around gymnastics competition at the 2012 Olympics.
The 16-year-old came to Iowa looking for more consistency and someone to help her with her nerves. Chow did both.
Gabby dominated the all-around, even on the beam — the event she’s struggled with the most.
She becomes the first African-American to win the all-around gold and the fourth U.S. woman to take the all-around title.
Gbby admits that she was concerned nerves would cause a misstep.
“You get so hyped up and you want to stick every landing and do the sharp movement and you want to get all the 10s that you can. So the pressure definitely helped me,” says Douglas.
Gabby’s Olympic games aren’t over yet. She still has a chance at two more gold medals.
She is scheduled to compete for individual gold on the uneven bars next Monday followed by the balance beam on Tuesday.
She could return from London with four gold medals.