10 Question With... Olympic Gold Medalist Gabrielle "Gabby" Douglas
Gabrielle Douglas had her hands full this summer, winning two gold medals at the London Olympics. Now, her hands are full of Nintendo 3DS games—her go-to choice of fun when she has down time. Douglas, who visited New York City recently to promote Nintendo’s “Play As You Are” campaign—designed to show girls anyone can enjoy gaming systems—is a huge 3DS and Super Mario Brothers fan. “I love 3DS. You don’t have to be a gamer to like it and you can take it anywhere,” Douglas says. “There are so many games for it. My favorite is the New Super Mario Bros. 2.”
The top gymnast in her family, Douglas admits she’s not the best gamer. “I hate to say it, but my brother is so good,” Douglas says. “I want it to be me, but he has me beat. Maybe one day I’ll get him.”
While Douglas tries to dethrone her brother as the family’s best gamer, she put down her 3DS to take on the SI Kids’ 10 Questions. See how well she scores.
[Photo Gallery: Rare photos of Gabrielle Douglas]
What time is your alarm set for?
It could be 8 am or 9 am. It just depends on what my training schedule is for that day.
Chocolate, Vanilla, or Strawberry ice cream?
Vanilla! I love to add chocolate chips, snickers, hot fudge or strawberries. Just pile it on!
What was your childhood nickname?
Brie. My mom didn’t like Gabby, so she came up with Brie.
If you weren’t an athlete, what would you want to do?
A hip hop dancer. Maybe for Beyoncé!
What’s your favorite colors to wear when competing?
I love crazy colors. Green, blue and red, mixed together
What is your favorite city to compete in?
New York. I competed at Madison Square Garden for the American Cup this year. That meet was so much fun. The arena was s big. A lot of fans came out and cheered everyone on. The energy in New York City is amazing. The crowd at Madison Square Garden was great. I almost felt like I was at concert. Everyone was screaming and taking pictures.
What do you do on days off?
I rest or sometimes go to the lake and swim.
Who is the greatest athlete of all-time?
Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt. Michael Phelps with all of those medals, I just can’t wrap my head around that. It’s jaw dropping! For him to set goals for himself and accomplish them is fabulous. Usain is crazy! He’s the fastest man in the world and he’s still going!
Who is your best friend in sports?
Everyone in the Fierce Five. They are my best friends!
What is the last (non-food) item that you purchased?
Black boots. I’m excited about them!