Then and Now
Gabby Douglas was just 16 years old when she won her gold medals at the 2012 Olympics. Douglas and her “Fierce Five” gymnastic teammates got a record number of medals for team USA as they won the team event gold and golds in the individual all-around stage. Douglas was the first woman of color from any nation to ever accomplish this particular feat.
Being a part of the Fierce Five has given Gabby celebrity status. She and her teammates made an appearance on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine, and she was even chosen as the female athlete of the year back in 2012 by the Associated Press. Douglas and her crew won the gold medal for their team performance in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, but in 2017 the now 21-year-old Douglass took some time off training. Even so, she doesn’t plan on retiring anytime soon.
Swimmer Allison Schmitt won an incredible five medals at the 2012 Olympics. Three of those medals ended up being gold, and two were for her record-setting runs in both the 200-meter freestyle and 4×100-meter medley relay. The Michigan native kept a low profile after her achievements in 2012, but she’s recently put on some equally impressive performances in other competitions. In 2015, Allison won the gold medal in the 200-meter freestyle at the Pan American Games.
These female Olympic athletes have stories of their own, and they’ve been up to a lot since you’ve last seen them!