Grace, Gold, and Glory My Leap of Faith

By Gabrielle Douglas, Michelle Burford

In the 2012 London Olympics, US gymnast Gabrielle Douglas stole hearts and flew excessive because the All-Around Gold Medal winner, in addition to appearing as a serious member of the united states gold-medal-winning ladies gymnastics group. during this own autobiography, Gabrielle tells her tale of religion, perseverance, and resolution, demonstrating you could succeed in your goals if you happen to enable your self soar.

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In my middle, I’ve constantly carried a mystery desire that my dad could switch — that he could without notice turn into the daddy that I craved. And whereas probably sooner or later he'll, I’ve selected to unfastened myself via accepting the best way issues are for now. Why no longer without end? simply because there should be room for grace. not only for my dad, yet for we all. a few might name me the kid of an absent father. I name myself the kid of the King. simply because whereas my earthly dad occasionally didn’t come via for me, my heavenly Father continually will. He replied Mom’s prayers whilst our kinfolk fought to stick hot at the back of that circumvent van. He has carried me via sickness, heartache, harm, and isolation. he's my nice supplier. And it's in His impressive hands that I now relaxation. Afterword I’M A WILD SLEEPER. SO AFTER I received these GOLD MEDALS IN London, I didn’t stash them lower than my pillow. I as an alternative positioned them correct beside my mattress on a tabletop. I couldn’t possibility twitching throughout the evening after which having the medals slip, fall, and holiday. i might by no means forgive myself! essentially prior to my final medal rite used to be over, tweets got here pouring in from all types of well-known humans. Lil’ Wayne tweeted, “Glad I lived to work out what Gabby Douglas did within the Olympics. Icon. ” I obtained “flowing chuffed tears” from Oprah (WOW). I additionally obtained congrats from the solid of my favourite television exhibit, The Vampire Diaries, in addition to from Beyoncé, Nikki Minaj, Gabrielle Union, Octavia Spencer, Elizabeth Banks, Holly Robinson Peete, Whoopi Goldberg, and such a lot of others. (Thanks, every person! ) I even obtained a tweet from a fellow Olympian: “Congrats to @gabrielledoug final evening! We watched from the pool!!! ” Michael Phelps wrote. It’s bizarre to be without warning well-known. All these years whilst I’d been dreaming approximately profitable a gold, I hadn’t inspiration an excessive amount of approximately how my existence might switch if i really received. i presumed i may simply fly to London, win a medal, after which easily fly again domestic to Virginia seashore and hang around with my relatives. good, that’s no longer particularly how it became out! If I’m easily strolling down the road, individuals are like, “Look, there’s Gabby! ” As a lot enjoyable as that's, I don’t imagine I’ll ever get used to every body spotting me. Now I’m a bit fearful approximately going out in flip-flops and donning no make-up. I’m considering, What if the paparazzi take my picture whilst i glance loopy? On these days while I simply are looking to be a standard youngster back (whatever that's! ), I put on my conceal, that is colours and a hat. It infrequently works, lol! as soon as, while i used to be within the supermarket in Virginia seashore with mother and John, a man went, “Hey — there’s that gymnast! ” yet again, i used to be walking down Rodeo force in l. a., a guy truly stopped site visitors via hopping out of his automobile in order that he may possibly run over and take an image with me. the opposite drivers have been beeping their horns like loopy. 8 days after my victory within the person all-around pageant (and incidentally, it nonetheless sounds like a dream! ), mother and that i took an immediate flight from London to l. a. so i'll be a visitor at the Jay Leno exhibit.

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