Gabby Douglas isn't your average 21-year-old. Since making the decision to move away from her family to pursue her career as an Olympic gymnast at the age of 14, Gabby has been fully immersed in the world of competitive gymnastics—and she has a gold medal to show for it.
"I just remember standing on the podium and thinking, wow, all the hard work and all the sacrifice paid off," she says with a smile that makes it clear that the victory is still sinking in. "And it’s so funny; I did gymnastics for 10 years, and all it took was one minute and 30 seconds to take home the gold. When I got the medal I just kept thinking, It’s over? The competition’s really over?"
A year after her victory at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Gabby is as down-to-earth as ever. "Honestly, the first thing I did after winning was go to training the next day. I just kept going," she says. "It was straight into media. We flew to LA to The Jay Leno Show, then to New York to do a lot of press with the team." But Gabby makes sure to take little moments to celebrate because her accomplishment took a tremendous amount of hard work.