How does a 16-year old, two-time Olympic gold medalist adjust back to "regular" life after a summer in London that flung her into the spotlight and made her a household name? Simply put, she doesn't.
"Regular ... yeah, it's still not-so-regular," Gabby Douglas says as she walks down the red carpet at the Annual Salute to Women in Sports in New York. "It's been a whirlwind, but it's been really fun."
Donning a golden dress with a sparkle matched only by the two medals around her neck, Douglas was honored as the Women's Sports Foundation's Sportswoman of the Year for an individual sport.
Some may think after an insane July and August, an Olympic athlete might want some time to chill. Debrief. Take a breather. That's exactly how Douglas operates -- if you define debriefing and chilling out as embarking upon a gymnastics tour show around the country with her teammates, working on a memoir due out in December and starting her acting career.
Well, maybe the acting part isn't that difficult for Douglas, who got to appear on "The Vampire Diaries" alongside her celebrity crush Ian Somerhalder.
"I got to guest star on my favorite show and I was just so honored and I absolutely loved it," she says.
And, of course, she's already thinking about getting back to training once the Kellogg's Tour (which is showcasing the beauty of the sport by pairing gymnastics with performance and dance) comes to an end.
"Once that's over, it's time to start training for real," Douglas says. "I gotta get back in the swing of things."
So perhaps chaos is regularity for Douglas. And she likes it that way. Next up on the Golden Girl's busy agenda? Figuring out her Halloween costume.
"I don't really have time to go and pick out a costume, so I'm thinking of just going as myself," she says. "Throwing on my medals and being like, 'Hey, what's up! It's me! I'm Gabby Douglas!' and seeing how many people actually think it's me. They'll be like, 'Wow, you look just like her!'
"And I'll be like, 'Yeah, I get that a lot.'"
In either case, with Douglas' popularity, she'll probably be reeling in pieces of candy like they're gold medals.
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