Olympian Gabby Douglas Works Out To Lil Wayne And Drake

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy with reporting by Debby Ryan

What music inspires a gold medal winner? Gabby Douglas, who won two gold medals for gymnastics at the 2012 Summer Olympics, shared with MTV News that she listens to Lil Wayne and Drake while working out. 

“A lot of rap music. Lil Wayne and Drake, the edited versions of course, but it gets me really hyped up,” the 17-year-old shared at the premiere of Justin Bieber’s “Believe.”

The Biebs is also a playlist staple for the teen athlete. “I love his music. I listen to it every day,” she revealed.

Gabby is the first African American gymnast in history to win a gold medal in the individual all-around competition. In 2012, she wowed the country and the hip-hop community when she took home multiple gold medals. “Glad i lived to see what Gabby Douglas did in the Olympics. Icon” tweeted Lil’ Wayne, while producer Timbaland added, “yessir bigups to @gabrielledoug u did ur thang.” Singer Ciara shared, “Not only am I happy 4 U. I’m happy for your family 2! The sacrifices payed off! Keep inspiring Young Girls and Women like Me”.