As Olympic champion Gabby Douglas wins the all-around title at the American Cup this past weekend, Oxygen Media readies for the Olympics in Rio this summer with its new docu-series “Douglas Family Gold” premiering Wednesday, May 25 at 10pm ET/PT.
Following gold medal gymnast Gabby Douglas and her support system, which include matriarch Natalie Hawkins, sisters Arielle “Arie” Hawkins, Joyelle “Joy” Douglas, brother, Johnathan Douglas and grandmother Miss Carolyn Ford, this series chronicles their journey and sacrifices as Gabby heads back to the Olympic Games and attempts a history-making performance.
“At 16, Gabrielle “Gabby” Douglas stunned the world in 2012 by becoming the first African American in history to win the USA team and individual all-around gold medals at the Summer Olympics. Now 20, after a couple of years away from the sport, Gabby returns laser-focused, more confident and doesn’t just want to be on the medal podium in Rio, she wants gold. Behind her meteoric rise was a family willing to sacrifice everything to help her accomplish her dreams. This time, as Gabby trains tirelessly in Ohio with her grandmother by her side, the rest of the family keeps busy juggling Gabby’s business and their own lives back in California. Her brother John is a standout athlete in track, while devoted sisters Arie and Joy are eager to blaze their own paths with “Momager” Natalie keeping this tight-knit family in-check. With Gabby’s dogged determination and her family’s unwavering support, this dream team proves that sometimes things are better the second time around.”
Rod Aissa, Executive Vice President of Original Programming and Development, Oxygen Media, said: “‘The series provides an inside look at an inspirational family who doesn’t let any obstacles stand in their way, and when dreams are on the line ‘Team Douglas’ comes together and outshines the competition.”
“Douglas Family Gold” is produced by WV Enterprises in association with Lionsgate TV and Televisa USA with Wilmer Valderrama, Jessica Acevedo, Natalie Hawkins and Gabrielle Douglas serving as Executive Producers.