Olympic gymnast Gabrielle Douglas attends the 33rd Annual Salute To Women In Sports Gala at Cipriani Wall Street on October 17, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
U.S. Olympian Gabby Douglas arrives at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards at Staples Center on September 6, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Olympic gymnast Gabrielle Douglas attends the 22nd annual Glamour Women of the Year Awards at Carnegie Hall on November 12, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
U. S. Olympian Gabby Douglas (L) and Natalie Hawkins attend the Stand Up To Cancer benefit at The Shrine Auditorium on September 7, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
In this handout image provided by The White House, U.S. President Barack Obama (R) talks with members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic gymnastics teams (L-R) Steven Gluckstein, Savannah Vinsant, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Steve Penny, USA Gymnastics President, McKayla Maroney, Kyla Ross, and Jordyn Wieber in the Oval Office November 15, 2012 at the White House in Washington, DC. (Photo by Pete Souza/The White House via Getty Images)
U.S. Olympic gymnasts Kyla Ross, Aly Raisman, Jordyn Wieber, McKayla Maroney and Gabby Douglas attend 86th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 22, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/Getty Images)
Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas waves after leading the Pledge of Allegiance during day two of the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on September 5, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The DNC that will run through September 7, will nominate U.S. President Barack Obama as the Democratic presidential candidate. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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From Clutch Magazine:
“Everyone has hiccups in their families,” Gabby Douglas said in an interview with People magazine, when asked about her absent father. The 16-year-old gymnast, who made history at the 2012 Olympics by winning the [gymnastics] team and all-around gold medals, is opening up about those hiccups in a new book, Grace, Gold and Glory: My Leap of Faith.
The memoir will include her thoughts on her broken relationship with dad, Timothy Douglas, an Air National guardsman. Gabby has always credited her mom with raising her as a single mother and nurturing her dreams of one day becoming an Olympian. Though her dad wasn’t always present, he showed his support during the Olympic games, cheering Gabby on from the stands.
But after the games were over, he disappointed Gabby once again. She received a text from him, asking for her “to autograph some things for me.” It brought her to tears.
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