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Friday, August 3,2012

Gabby Douglas: Her Childhood Path to the Olympics

It might seem a little early soon to do a career retrospective on a 16-year-old, but even as an 8-year-old, Gabby Douglas could do more pushups than you. At the risk of gushing, Douglas has already been through soaring highs and heart-breaking lows on her path to becoming all-around Olympic champion.

Some champion gymnasts were stars from an early age. Jordyn Wieber, the 2011 world champion who was kept out of the Olympic all-around by a technicality, was named to the national team in 2006, when she was 11. Wieber won every all-around competition she competed in from 2008 until Olympic trials, when Douglas beat her. Success came much later for Douglas.

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