Gold medal gymnast Gabby Douglas to headline 2017 UCCS Significant Speaker panel

Joanna Bean, (719) 255-3847, [email protected] Tom Hutton, (719) 255-3439, [email protected]
Gabby Douglas

COLORADO SPRINGS — Gabby Douglas, a member of the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics team, and three-time Olympic Gold medalist, will headline an all-female panel at 7 p.m. April 25 at the Gallogly Events Center at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

Douglas became the first African-American woman, as well as the first woman of any nationality, to win an Olympic Gold medal as the All-Around Individual Champion in gymnastics at the 2012 London Olympics.

Douglas was one of the “Final Five” that brought home the gold medal in the team competition during the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Douglas will join figure skater Rachael Flatt and a to-be-announced Paralympian. Lauren Ferrara, anchor, Fox 21 News, will moderate the panel.

Flatt is a four-time Grand Prix Series silver medalist, a three-time U.S. silver medalist (2008, 2009, 2011) and the 2010 U.S. champion. She is a Cheyenne Mountain High School and Stanford University graduate.

The panelists will talk about their experiences as women Olympians, hardships, motivation for achieving goals, academic pursuits while training, and words of advice.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 30 at the University Center information desk. Tickets cost $2 for UCCS students, faculty and staff and military with ID. Tickets are $10 for general admission. 1,500 tickets will be available. Community members can purchase tickets at

“I’m most excited to hear the different stories of training and how the athletes dig deep to find their motivation to keep going,” said Stephen Cucchiara, director of student activities, Office of Student Life and Leadership.

There will be an invite-only dinner before the panel for students living on campus recognizing their academic excellence.

All ticketed attendees will be able to attend a photo opportunity following the event.

For more information on the event, contact the Office of Student Activities at [email protected] or (719) 255-3470.

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The University of Colorado Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs, is one of the fastest-growing universities in Colorado. The university offers 45 bachelor’s, 22 master’s and five doctoral degree programs. UCCS enrolls about 12,000 students on campus annually and another 3,300 in online programs. For more information, visit