*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.
Gabby Douglas visits Citi Field on August 23, 2012 in New York City
*Gabrielle Douglas has been a shining star since making her Olympic debut this year.
The young gymnast, who isn’t old enough to vote, says her journey has been about faith.
Gabby is releasing a book, “Grace, Gold & Glory: My Leap of Faith.”
“I want people to be inspired by my book,” Gabrielle said in a video that promotes the prose now available at Amazon.com.
“My faith stands [as] definitely the most important [thing] in my gymnastics career. God has given me this amazing talent, and He’s woken me up everyday, and kept me safe in the gym so He’s played a big role in my life,” she said.
She says no matter where she is, even if on an “international assignment,” her Bible comes along, she told Sister 2 Sister.
“I just pray that God keep me humble and keep me grounded. I don’t want to be this on top diva. I want to be this role model,” she said. “I want to be that blessing on other people.”
*Serena and Venus Williams took off to Nigeria for the first time and plan to make an impact.
The sisters say they want to inspire children to dream big.
“We were really able to break the mold and win a lot of Grand Slams and a lot of tournaments and not only that, but kind of change the face of tennis,” Serena said Wednesday before an exhibition match against her sister in Lagos on Friday.
“We were able to break the mold in a sport that was really dominated by white people … it doesn’t matter what your background is and where you come from. If you have dreams, if you have goals, that’s all that really matters.”
Wednesday they made a stop to play tennis with children, offspring of the nation’s wealthiest, at a private club on Ikoyi Island.
But seriously, playing with rich kids isn’t what really matters. Those ladies have a few more years left in tennis and then it’s over.
Although Serena publicly expressed her waning care for the game, the Williams sisters are focused on raking in those titles.
“We were talking … about how we can’t wait to get to Rio,” Serena said, commenting that the 2016 Olympics is their main focus right now. “And obviously, being that we’re both healthy, that’s our goal to be there.”
*It looks like Gabrielle Douglas did herself a favor when she revealed her secret love for “The Vampire Diaries.”
According to the Hollywood Reporter, she’ll be starring in the seventh episode of the CW drama, slated to air Nov. 29. And she actually has a role.
“Diaries” actress Nina Dobrev gushed the news on Twitter Tuesday night.
“@gabrielledoug is coming to The Vampire Diaries set tomorrow! Cant wait to meet and work with you girl! Dont forget to bring your bling! :P.”
This was going to happen eventually, right?
After she told the world she was a fan, Gabby received a special congratulatory video from the cast following her gold medal performance.
On top of that, executive producer Julie Plec and the athlete tweeted about making a possible cameo in the new season.
“The Vampire Diaries” returns Oct. 11.
*We already know Serena Williams is a brick house and can get any man she wants with that envy striking backside and shamelessly in-shape body.
So she’s doing the unthinkable and has decided to date her coach, because she can.
The professional tennis player was seen getting all extra close to Patrick Mouratoglou at the 2012 Olympic Games.
According to Yardbarker.com, the two have been working together since losing the French Open in May.
Since then, she’s turned her career back on the right side and even scored a romantic relationship out of the whole deal.
While she hasn’t said anything about their relationship yet, the two are often spotted together with friends or doing those normal things like window shopping.
*Ah, all flings weren’t meant to last, not even Shaq and Hoopz.
Yeah, the cute big and tall couple broke up for real this time.
Hoopz confirmed the tragic news with The Boston Globe. Supposedly they split up over the lady’s dream to become an Olympic gold medal gymnast.
She was serious about her new goal and even visited the Orlando Metro Gymnastics facility to speak with a coach about making it to the 2016 Rio Games.
But the gym broke it to her saying she’s too much of a liability since she’s over the age of 18. Hoopz flipped out and cursed out the staff, according to Black Sports Online.
Sources say she got so obnoxious that even her man, well, ex, was embarrassed.
By the time the couple was back in the car, a yelling match ensued, and they broke up.
And that’s all folks.