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.