Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas
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)

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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