Gabby Douglas returns to spotlight with reality TV show

Gabby Douglas

U.S. Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas stretches before a workout at the Karolyi Ranch in New Waverly on July 2.

(J. Patric Schneider / For The Los Angeles Times)

It seems that Gabby Douglas has come out of hiding. In a big way.

Last weekend, the all-around gymnastics champion from the 2012 London Games returned from a three-year hiatus to compete at the Jesolo Trophy in Italy.

Now comes word of a reality TV show centered around her family.

“Douglas Family Gold” is among eight new series announced this week by the Oxygen network. It will follow the 19-year-old as she seeks to defend her title at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.


“The bi-coastal Douglas family shuttles between California and Ohio to support Gabby’s training regimen while also juggling their own lives,” the network said.

Douglas’ brother, John, is an Olympic hopeful in track and field. There are also two sisters, Arie and Joy, and a mother, Natalie, who serves as Gabby’s “momager.”

This wouldn’t be the first reality show featuring an Olympic athlete. Figure skater Johnny Weir had a brief series, “Be Good Johnny Weir,” in 2010.



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