“It still seems so surreal, amazing, and crazy at the same time. I never would have imagined a movie would come out in my lifetime about me,” says Gabby. “I just saw a poster for the movie on a bus stop and thought it was so awesome!”
A prodigy from a very young age, Gabby Douglas originally made her mark on the world of competitive gymnastics at age 8. She won numerous state championship titles in her age group throughout her early competitive career. While her star was fast rising In The Arena, Gabby and her family faced economic challenges at home and she made the difficult decision to leave her mother, three siblings and grandmother in Virginia Beach and move to Des Moines, Iowa, to train with renowned coach Liang Chow to pursue her dream of Olympic glory.
“I started to tear up when I watched the part where I said goodbye to my dog,” says Gabby. “My biggest obstacle was moving to Iowa by myself at 14. I left my family, had no friends and moved to a new state by myself to train. I also had a ton of injuries along the way. It was difficult watching those, especially falling seven times at Nationals.”
Buoyed by her early success, dedication and unyielding love from her family, Gabby made it onto the 2012 U.S. Women’s Gymnastics team, with whom she faced intense competition in the London Games. Her sacrifice and perseverance were triumphantly rewarded with Team Competition and Individual All-round gold medals, placing Gabby and her teammates – known as “The Fierce Five” — among the world’s all-time greats in gymnastics.
The Gabby Douglas Story stars Regina King, S. Epatha Merkerson, Imani Hakim, Sydney Mikayla and Gabby Douglas.