*Gabby Douglas may be a super star, but the Olympian had once contemplated quitting the sport altogether to work at Chik-Fil-A, she told the New York Daily News.
It ain’t all roses for the 15-year-old gymnast. In a world riddled with racism, competition, and constant workouts, she began to grow tired of her job and miss home.
“Gymnastics is not my passion anymore,” she texted her mother.
She told her mother another sport could fit the bill for now because life as a gymnast had become wearisome and heavy.
“I can get a job at Chick-Fil-A in Virginia Beach and live off the 14-grand I just won at World Championships,” she wrote in her new memoir, “Grace, Gold & Glory.”
“I just want to be a normal teenage kid,” she wrote.
But her mother, who sacrificed so much, allowed a white family to become her daughter’s guardian. She could not simply lay over and allow Gabby to give it all up.
Family members interceded, but it took the grip-getting words of her brother John to whip her back into shape.
That’s when she focused and won the Olympic gold medal.
Check out the teenager’s journey to the top at NYdailynews.com.
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