Nickname: "Blackie Chan"
Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas
School: Howell H.S. (Howell, Mich.)
Year of Graduation: 2013
Coaches: Master Russ Gale & Master Sherman Nelson
Dojang: Midwest Tae Kwon Do
World Ranking as of 9/1/12: T-22nd (-54kg)
Hobbies: hanging out with friends, playing video games, skateboarding, hanging out with his team and eating
Favorite Foods: spaghetti, pizza, ice cream, pastries and McDonald's
Pre-Competition Meal: chicken-fried rice
Favorite Athletes: Juan Perez (first coach) and Steven Thompson (teammate)
Favorite Movie: "Waist Deep"
Favorite Music: rap and R&B
Favorite Country Visited for Competition: Costa Rica
Did You Know?: Gabe is a six-foot tall finweight and he barely ever has to cut weight.
Quotable Gabe McDowell: "I owe all my success to the Wolf Pack Team, but most of all my instructors Juan Perez, and current instructors Master Russ Gale, Master Sherman Nelson and Master Jason Poos. An additional thanks to Master Christina Bayley, Master Seth Wilson, Master Gordon White and Master Juan Moreno.
MAJOR COMPETITION RESULTS:
2012 U.S. Open (Sr. Fin): GOLD
-def. Mario Reyes (USA), 5-2, in Round of 32
-def. Francisco Nascimento Neto (USA), 6-0, in Round of 16
-def. Manuel Reyes (USA), 5-3, in Quarterfinals
-def. Justin Bretz (USA), 8-7, in Seminfinals
-def. Sherif Shaaban (EGY), 2-1 in overtime, in Finals
2011 Pan Am Open (Jr. Feather): GOLD
2011 Costa Rica Open (Jr. Feather): BRONZE
2011 USAT National Championships (Sr. Fin): SILVER
2011 U.S. Open (Jr. Feather): BRONZE
2011 Toronto Open (Jr. Feather): GOLD
last updated: 9/11/12