Gabby Douglas was the breakout star of the 2012 London Olympics when she helped the U.S. women's gymnastics team win its first team gold since 1996. Though she won't be competing in Tokyo – she hasn't participated in a competition since the 2016 Rio Games – Douglas is still a prominent member of the gymnastics community and international superstar.
She is one of 26 "creators" of the LA28 logo that was released in September 2020 as Los Angeles gears up to host the Olympics for the third time in 2028. Each creator, 14 of whom are athletes, is sharing their perspective of the city through a different design for the logo's "A." All 32 current versions of the logo can be found on the "Every 'A' Tells a Story" page of the LA28 website.
Since coming forward as one of the victims of former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, Douglas has been an outspoken advocate for mental health and anti-racism in gymnastics. She and her teammates, along with the hundreds of other survivors of Nassar's abuse, were honored with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2018 ESPYs.
When was Douglas' last Olympic appearance?
Douglas competed in both the 2012 and 2016 Olympics as a member of both gold-winning teams. She has not competed since the Rio Games.
How many gold medals did Douglas win?
Douglas won three Olympic golds across her two appearances at the Games. As a member of both the Fierce Five (2012) and the Final Five (2016), she won team gold for the U.S. In London, Douglas put on a dazzling performance in the all-around competition, scoring a 62.232 overall to take home an individual gold medal.
Does Douglas hold any records?
Douglas' all-around win in 2012 cemented her in history books as the first Black U.S. gymnast and first woman of color of any nationality to win the individual all-around. She was also the first American to win both an individual all-around gold and a team gold in the same year.
While promoting the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships, Douglas helped set a Guinness World Record in Pittsburgh for the most simultaneous cartwheels alongside local gymnasts. More than 700 young gymnastic enthusiasts joined Douglas, shattering the previous record of 482.
What else has Douglas accomplished in gymnastics?
Following her performance at the London Olympics, Douglas was named the 2012 Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year. She also won ESPYs in 2013 for Best Female Athlete and Best U.S. Female Olympian.
Douglas also helped the U.S. to team wins at the 2011 and 2015 World Championships. She took home the silver medal in the 2016 World all-around.
What is Douglas doing now?
In February, Douglas won the inaugural season of Fox's "The Masked Dancer," performing as "Cotton Candy." Her winning performance was set to "This is Me" from "The Greatest Showman" and featured gymnastics-esque moves.
— The Masked Dancer (@MaskedDancerFOX) February 19, 2021
Those performances were sweet like candy. 🍬 Any final guesses?!
Check out #CottonCandyMask’s full unmasked interview on #TheMaskedDancer Facebook page, thanks to our friends @hyundai! https://t.co/ZSTaseHbre #ad pic.twitter.com/teHAWxQZdv
— The Masked Dancer (@MaskedDancerFOX) February 18, 2021
Douglas is also pursuing an acting career after her 2014 TV movie "The Gabby Douglas Story" and brief 2016 Oxygen show "Douglas Family Gold." She starred in Hallmark's "Love, of Course" in 2018 and played a role in the 2019 film "Same Difference."
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Gabby Douglas: What is post-Olympics gymnastics life like for gymnast