Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas

Gabby Douglas and her U.S. Teammates (dubbed the "Fierce Five") won the team all-around gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Gabby then won the gold medal in the individual all-around, becoming the first African-American woman to win the event. She's also the first American gymnast ever to win both the team and individual all-around gold at the same Olympics.

The dramatic and emotional backstory on her road to Olympic gold is told in the new Lifetime movie, The Gabby Douglas Story (Premieres February 1st on Lifetime at 8:00 pm). The movie details the inspiring true story of the sacrifices and decisions she made as a rising star in the world of competitive gymnastics. 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. 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.

 Imani Hakim (Everybody Hates Chris, Love Reign Over Me) and Sydney Mikayla (Whitney) have been cast to share the role of the Olympic prodigy in The Gabby Douglas Story. Regina King portrays her mother and Golden Globe and Emmy Winner S. Epatha Merkerson plays her grandmother. Gabby Douglas herself will also appear in the film.


 

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