With all the buzz going on about the Olympics currently being held in London, this story caught my eye.
Sixteen year old Gabby Douglas from Virginia is making history in a big way. She is the first African American female to make the U.S. Olympic team since Dominique Dawes back in 1996.
Her biggest supporter has to be her mother who made the ultimate decision to let her child go so that she could pursue her dreams. Gabby’s desire to train with gold medalist Shawn Johnson’s coach, Liang Chow took her 3,000 miles away from home, living with a host family.
How do I send my youngest child away to a family that I don’t know? To a community that I don’t know? Letting go of Gabrielle was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life. But it’s now one of the most rewarding things that I’ve ever got to experience in my life because there is no greater joy than a parent being able to see their child reach their dream.
Just this past Sunday, Gabby nailed one of the two slots to compete for the gold in the upcoming all-around individual competitions. If Gabby takes home a medal in the all-around or individual competition and if she pulls it off, she will be the first African-American girl to do so.
So be sure to tune in to the Olympic games tomorrow to cheer her on as she goes for the gold!