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Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas Feeling 'Confident' Despite Fourth Place Finish at U.S.  Gymnastics Championships

Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas Feeling 'Confident' Despite Fourth Place Finish at U.S. Gymnastics Championships

Originally posted 06/27/2016 06:50PM

Reigning Olympic individual all-around champion Gabby Douglas' placed fourth at the U.S. championships this weekend – but that isn't deterring her from chasing a history-making attempt to win gold again at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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WATCH: Gymnast Gabby Douglas Eyes Historic Olympic Comeback in This First Look at Her New Docu-Series

Originally posted 05/18/2016 12:00PM



As Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas chases a history-making attempt to win gold again at the 2016 Rio Olympics, she leans on her family for support and guidance.

In an exclusive first look at the first episode of Douglas' new docu-series, Douglas Family Gold, viewers get an inside glimpse into the champion's relationship with her involved momager, Natalie Hawkins, and three protective siblings, Arielle Hawkins, Joy Douglas and Jonathan Douglas.

"[My mom] told me that it's the times that I have fallen and gotten back up that are the moments that inspire her the most," Gabby, 20, tells PEOPLE. "She always tells me that no matter what the outcome is, I am a champion in her eyes."

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Dreaming the 'Impossible' Olympic Dream: Go Inside Gabby Douglas' Quest for Back-to-Back Gold

Originally posted 04/13/2016 01:30PM

The pressure to strike gold might be more be more intense than she's ever faced in her life, but Gabby Douglas has never been one to back down from a challenge.

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Gabby Douglas Wins American Cup, Putting Her Steps Closer to a Comeback in Rio

Originally posted 03/08/2016 02:00AM

When Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas won the American Cup on Saturday, it proved the gymnast is serious about the Olympics this summer.

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Zac Posen, Gabby Douglas, Sophia Amoruso and More Use Code to Say What Love Means to Them for Valentine's Day

Zac Posen, Gabby Douglas, Sophia Amoruso and More Use Code to Say What Love Means to Them for Valentine's Day

Originally posted 02/13/2016 02:45PM

Love just got a high-tech upgrade.

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Two Reasons to Get Excited for Rio: Gabby Douglas and Simone Biles, Who Ruled the Gymnastics World Championships – And Now They're Looking Ahead

Two Reasons to Get Excited for Rio: Gabby Douglas and Simone Biles, Who Ruled the Gymnastics World Championships – And Now They're Looking Ahead

Originally posted 11/02/2015 02:25PM

Clear the mats – the champions have officially arrived.

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Zendaya Is Now a High School Graduate – and Pal Taylor Swift Sends Her Congrats!

Zendaya Is Now a High School Graduate – and Pal Taylor Swift Sends Her Congrats!

Originally posted 06/12/2015 02:20PM

This senior slays!

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Gabby Douglas: My Advice to Sochi Olympians

5 Lessons from Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas

Originally posted 02/05/2014 11:00AM

Gabby Douglas made history with her gold medal win at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. And though she can't make history in Sochi with some kind of cold-weather outdoor gymnastics routine (though how cool would that be?!), she wants to help other athletes get their names into the history books this month.

So as the Winter Olympics kick off this week, Douglas – who's partnered with Sony to promote its VAIO Flip PC – has some words of wisdom for the Winter Olympic athletes, as told to PEOPLE:

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Who Did Barbara Walters Find Fascinating in 2012?

Barbara Walters Names David Petraeus Most Fascinating of 2012

Originally posted 12/13/2012 06:00AM

Barbara Walters's annual 10 most fascinating list always features an eclectic mix of captivating people – and this year is no different.

The special, which aired Wednesday night, highlighted the achievements and antics that kept fans enthralled. Among Walters's picks were Ben Affleck, who won critical acclaim for his political thriller Argo; Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas; Prince Harry; and even pint-sized beauty pageant star Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson.

And her top pick as the Most Fascinating Person of 2012? Gen. David Petraeus, the decorated U.S. military hero and director disgraced by an affair that forced his resignation as director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

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Gabby Douglas: I Nearly Quit Gymnastics to Work at Chick-fil-A! | Gabrielle Douglas

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Gabby Douglas: I Nearly Quit Gymnastics to Work at Chick-fil-A!

Originally posted 11/30/2012 07:55AM

Around this time last year, Gabby Douglas dropped a bomb on her coaches and family: She wanted to quit gymnastics – and maybe try getting a job at Chick-fil-A.

"What," she says now, "was I thinking?"

Of course, she didn't. And the rest is history.

Four months after becoming the first black woman ever to win Olympic gold in individual all-around gymnastics, Douglas, 16, is looking back on her magical year – one that includes a new memoir Grace, Gold, & Glory: My Leap of Faith, to be published Dec. 4, and excerpted exclusively in PEOPLE this week.

"My life has changed so much," says the bubbly former PEOPLE cover girl, who spent the morning before Thanksgiving chilling with her big sister, Arielle, 23, in her sweats and chatting with PEOPLE in her midtown Manhattan hotel. "It's been really fun."

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