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Douglas Stays Sure-footed in Celebrity Spotlight
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2012 Olympic all-around champion Gabrielle 'Gabby' Douglas told IG on Saturday that she counts on friends and family to keep her humble in her new status as a pop-culture celebrity.

"I have people that ground me, and when my head gets a little big, they push it back down," said Douglas during rehearsal for the Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions Sept. 15 stop at Staples Center in Los Angeles. "It's always good to have that. If you don't, your head keeps getting bigger and bigger, and you (could) walk around like, 'I'm better than everyone.' You don't want to do that. You want to have the same personality as before, and be the same you."

Douglas said performing at Staples Center brought back happy recent memories of the MTV Video Music Awards held at the same venue on Sept. 6.

At the VMAs, Douglas and the other four members of the gold medal-winning U.S. women's Olympic team introduced the performance of "Girl on Fire" by Alicia Keys and Nicky Minaj. Douglas performed some gymnastics skills during the song, which included Minaj's rap homage to Douglas.

"When I went up on stage and performed with Alicia Keys and Nicky Minaj, it was so much different than performing at the Olympics," Douglas said. "At the Olympics, you want to have fun and still want to focus and deliver the job when you need to. But when you're onstage with these singers you've known and seen on TV, it's a different kind of feeling. It's like, 'Wow, I cannot believe I'm performing with them!' It was so much fun."

Douglas said she was surprised to learn that Minaj's rap of "And I got 'em aggy 'cause I win the gold like Gabby" is part of the song's official single.

"I had no idea," Douglas said. "Everyone was tweeting me, 'Gabby, you have to check out this new song by Alicia Keys and Nicky Minaj, where Nicky says your name.' I was like, 'Yeah, whatever, I don't believe you, it must be just a saying.' But then I checked out the song and I said, 'Wow, this is awesome!'"

Douglas said the Kellogg's tour is a welcome break from competition, but she is concentrating on giving her best performances nonetheless.

"I'm so happy to be on this tour," she told IG. "You get to see us do dances, routines and show more of the beauty of gymnastics .You get to see us do the Shuffle, which I think is very exciting. My favorite number is the Shuffle. It's so dynamic and everyone gets together and starts dancing on the floor. I think it's a great piece."

Read an exclusive interview with Douglas in the October 2012 issue of International Gymnast magazine. Douglas is also featured in the 2012 Olympic Games special issue (September 2012). Click here to subscribe or order back issues.

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AG said:

I agree with Rachel T. I was reading the recent Vanity Fair issue (granted, somewhat of a scandal-seeking magazine to be fair) and surprise! There was an article about Gabby Douglas... in Vanity Fair of all places. It didn't impress me... she came across as big headed and, like Rachel T. said, she really had no reason to be. She is not coming across as very poised and humble, as an Olympic champion should be.
September 24, 2012
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