The 2016 Olympics are right around the corner and Team USA has named their lineup to compete as the U.S. Olympic Women’s Gymnastic team. Amongst the four competitors are three time all around world champion Simone Biles, as well as Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas who are the first Team USA gymnasts to make consecutive Olympic appearances since 2000.
Gabby Douglas inspired the world with her 2012 Olympic success which led to a film based on her life story titled The Gabby Douglas Story, and a reality series titled Douglas Family Gold. Different from what most would have expected, Gabby Douglas’ 2016 Olympic trials performances were not necessarily the best. The first two out of three days of Olympic tryouts were not on Gabby’s side. She stumbled off the balance beam twice which at one point landed her in seventh place out of 14 contenders. Fortunately, Gabby still made the team as judges deemed experience higher than tryout performance.
To add to such an accomplishment, Mattel created a Gabby Douglas barbie doll. Mattel added Douglas’ barbie to the “Shero” barbie lineup who has also honored ballerina, Misty Copeland, film director, Ava Duvernay and Zendaya.
The doll has yet to reach stores but will soon be able to be purchased on the barbiecollection.com
Excited to debut my @Barbie Shero doll! Let’s continue to break barriers&dream big,Girls! #YouCanBeAnything #Shero pic.twitter.com/DDThc6okvb
— Gabrielle Douglas (@gabrielledoug) July 11, 2016
We’re so inspired by Gabby Douglas we created a one-of-a-kind #Barbie doll in her likeness! #YouCanBeAnything #Shero pic.twitter.com/FiADZMVYgg
— Barbie (@Barbie) July 11, 2016