11:19 PM EDT 10/16/2013
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.
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."
Originally posted 09/06/2012 08:35AM
Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas announced Thursday that she will write an "inspirational memoir," planned for December 2012 publication.
The book, to be titled Grace, Gold and Glory, My Leap of Faith, will chronicle the 16-year-old's early life, how she left her family in Virginia at age 12 to train 3,000 miles away and her path to gold at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Upon the announcement, Douglas said, "Even before I competed in the Olympics, I always wanted to write a book."
Originally posted 08/14/2012 10:10AM
From London to late night!
After captivating the nation during the Olympics, gold medalist Gabby Douglas appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Monday.
Douglas – who told Leno she "definitely" plans to compete in the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro – carried her two gold medals on stage, giving one to Leno and one to fellow guest, Michelle Obama.
Originally posted 08/12/2012 02:50PM
All that glitters has turned to gold for Team USA – 39 times (and counting!) to be exact.
But as the Summer Olympics comes to a close, here's a recap of the moments that were just as sweet as the victories.
Originally posted 08/07/2012 03:15PM
In 1996, gymnast Kerri Strug vaulted into history. The anchor for Team USA at the Atlanta Olympics, she competed on an injured ankle to help secure women's gymnastics their first-ever team gold medal – and Tuesday, she watched this year's 'Fab Five' win the second team gold.
The now married mom of one is a spokesperson for Hilton HHonors's Support the Dream program, which allows fans to connect with Olympians. "Since I know how much the support of the fans means to the athletes, it's great to be part of a program where fans can send good luck messages to Team USA," says Strug, 34. While at the Games with her husband, Robert Fischer III, the Olympic gold medalist is blogging for PEOPLE.com about her experiences in London.
Before we arrived in London, I was a little anxious thinking about the crowds and the logistics of getting across the city. It is always wonderful to see so many fans from around the world travel to cheer on athletes in the Olympic Games, but sometimes you worry about how all these fans will get to and from events safely.
Thankfully the fans have managed to make it to events with the help of the staff here in London. All over the city and at every event, we have found helpful, cheerful, and energetic staff helping the crowds.
Originally posted 08/06/2012 01:00PM
Johnny Weir is fabulous. The figure skater, who placed sixth in the 2010 Winter Olympics, has been skating professionally since he was 12 and is no stranger to fierce competition – and fantastic costumes! With winning routines set to hits by Lady Gaga, the sparkle-loving athlete also recently married and now will blog for PEOPLE.com with the same fun energy he brings to the ice.
I love the Olympic Games.
The Olympics are an event that few can fathom but all can enjoy and that's why athletes work our whole lives to put on the greatest show on earth. My hope from this Olympic Games is that people don't lose faith in the Olympic movement.
Originally posted 08/06/2012 11:15AM
Gymnastics royalty encountered the real thing on Sunday in London, as four of Team USA's female Olympic gymnasts – out of the so-called Fab Five – were starstruck by an unexpected chat with the Duchess of Cambridge.
Kate, 30, attending the beginning of the event finals at Greenwich Arena, is a huge supporter of Great Britain's athletes at these London Games – but was impressed enough by the gold-winning American team to approach and offer her congratulations.
"Just met princess Kate with @jordyn_wieber @kyla_ross96 & @gabrielledoug she is so beautiful & so nice! I told her I loved her style lol :)," Aly Raisman wrote on Twitter.
Originally posted 08/06/2012 11:05AM
Spoiler Alert: Results from the Olympic Games are available live online, several hours ahead of the telecasts. If you'd rather find out how the athletes fare on TV, stop reading here!
After making history by winning gold in the women's all-around gymnastics competition, Gabby Douglas faced fierce competition in the individual uneven bars competition on Monday.
"Well today is the day!!! #barfinals" Douglas, whose routines in the all-around team competition helped USA's Fab Five win gold, Tweeted Monday morning. (Spoiler ahead!)
Originally posted 08/03/2012 03:55PM
Aly Raisman has long been known as a mentally tough, incredibly consistent gymnast.
So it was quite a shock for fans to see Raisman, 18, make a major, uncharacteristic error in the women's gymnastics all-around final on Thursday, leaving her just shy of a medal.
But Raisman's Olympic experience isn't over yet. She'll compete on the balance beam and floor individual finals on Tuesday.
"I'm really excited about that," Raisman (who won team gold earlier in the week) told reporters after a tie-breaker left her off the podium Thursday. "I'm just going to keep working hard and move past it."
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