Gabby Douglas made history as the first African American woman to win Olympic gold in the women’s all-around and became the first Olympic champion to take home gold in both the all-around and team competitions.
Seemingly from a Hollywood script, Gabby ascended to great heights while dealing with a familial strife. Mainly raised by her mother, she decided that she wanted to pursue her Olympic dreams in Iowa, leaving her family in Virginia. Her mother, initially reluctant, relented to Gabby’s very supportive and persuasive siblings. Simultaneously, Gabby had to deal with her father’s frequent deployments as a Sergeant with the Air National Guard. Often worrying about her father’s well-being, she continued to hone her skills and was pleasantly surprised when her father was able to attend the Olympic trials in June. Though her parents are currently going through a divorce, they are both supportive and extremely proud of their daughter.
As Gabby continues to pursue more Olympic medals, her blinding future is full of opportunities. According to Forbes, she is on track to make upwards $10 million dollars in the next few years in endorsements.
Hopefully, she will allow you to witness her immense, growing talent in upcoming competitions and Olympic Games for years to come.
Update: Although Gabby mentioned in interviews that she loved and missed her father, recently she slammed him as a deadbeat dad. The newly-minted Olympic champions revealed that her father left her mother to take care of the children causing a mountain of debt and rarely paid child support; Gabby’s mother recently filed for bankruptcy. Additionally, Gabby stated that she almost gave up on her Olympic dreams because of the family’s mounting debt.