Gabby Douglas’s “Two Moms”

By now, you’ve all heard the story.  Gabby Douglas moved from Virginia Beach to West Des Moines to train with the same coach that took Shawn Johnson to the 2008 Olympics.  I had the honor of going to that Olympic Training Center and watching Liang Chow work with his crew while I was helping Shawn with her memoir. (Ahem, her New York Times best selling memoir!)  That’s where I first saw Gabby Douglas, who lived with a family there in West Des Moines.

ABC has a very touching story of how her mom, Natalie Hawkins, worked with another mom in West Des Moines, Missy Parton, to make her Olympic dreams possible.
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