US Olympic Star Gabby Douglass aka @GabrielleDoug Talks “Leap of Faith” and Racism in Her New Book

| December 5, 2012 | 0 Comments


Gabrielle Douglas inspires all with her new book titled Grace, Gold & Glory: My Leap of Faith. Gabrielle made history by becoming the first African American woman to win all-around gold in the US Olympics. Since that triumphant moment many around the world have fallen in love with this lovely young woman. The “flying Squirrel” has already graced such magazine covers as Essence and Jet magazine and her face can also be seen on your favorite box of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes.

Gabrielle Douglas discusses her faith and struggle to the top throughout her book. Her new book is available on Gabby also opens up about her absentee father, Sgt. Timothy Douglas and touches on the topic of racism. Gabby displays her personal thoughts, dreams,  journey, and her undying faith for the world to see.

“I want people to be inspired by my book,” states Gabby.

Her success didn’t come without a price as she explained during an interview with Oprah Winfrey. Douglass spoke about how she experienced racism while in Virginia training at Excalibur, the gym located in Virginia Beach. It was during that time that her family decided to shift gears and move her out of the state to Iowa and Liang Chow with whom she won the Olympic gold medal.

She explained in an excerpt from “Grace, Gold & Glory” :

“I can get a job at Chick-Fil-A in Virginia Beach and live off the 14-grand I just won at World Championships,”

She admitted that statement broke her mother’s heart but it was not until her big brother John convinced her to keep competing. In another part of her book she spoke about how her military dad Sgt. Timothy Douglass was not a part of her life since 2001 and that it was in fact her mother who supported her climb to success. You might remember that right after her win, her dad told reporters that he always supported his daughter’s career however Gabby denied his account.

Her story is a reminder that we all as Americans can reach the highest mountain as long as we are willing to make the climb.

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