Gabby Douglas holds a copy of her memoir “Grace, Gold & Glory: My Leap of Faith” at “Good Morning America” in NYC.
While Douglas will go down in history books as the first African-American woman to win the prestigious individual all-around gold, just one year ago, Douglas attempted to walk away from the sport. According to excerpts from her memoir, the incessant training and racism she faced caused Douglas to tell family members that she had lost the “passion” for the sport and “just wanted to be a normal teenage kid.”
But struggling with whether she should continue to train wasn’t her only conundrum.
The issues she had with her father didn’t make her journey any easier. According to Douglas, even though her father, Sgt. Timothy Douglas, was serving in Afghanistan while she won the biggest medal of any gymnast’s career, her father hadn’t been in her life since 2001.
Adding insult to injury was Timothy’s assertion to reporters that he had always supported her, “Dad began telling the media how he always supported me in my gymnastics career,” Gabby writes. “The truth is that he didn’t.”