Strength and Sacrifice
Gabby Douglas (“Gabby” to her friends and “Brie” to her family) won two gold medals at the London Olymics. Gabby has written a book, Grace Gold and Glory, with co-author, Michelle Burford. She tells her story including the day in January 2012 when her homesickness almost drove her to hang up her leotards for good.
Gabby Douglas is the first African-American to win the individual all-around gold. In Grace Gold and Glory, she describes the strength and sacrifice her achievements required, as well as the faith and love that pulled her through.
Read an excerpt from Gabby’s book:
“In October 2010, I left my hometown and family in Virginia and moved to Iowa so I could be coached by elite trainer Liang Chow. I’d been dreaming of an Olympic gold medal since I was eight—but as I became more and more homesick, that dream seemed like a zillion miles away. That’s when I knew I needed to have the toughest conversation of my life: I had to tell my mom that I wanted to quit.
On January 2, 2012, while Mom was visiting me in Iowa, I handed her my smartphone with the text message I’d drafted, words I’d been too scared to say out loud:
Gymnastics is not my passion anymore. I want to get famous off of running track, or I want to try dancing, or become a singer. I can get a job at Chick-Fil-A in Virginia Beach and live off the 14 grand I just won at World Championships. I just want to be a normal teenage kid. I am so homesick. I just want to come home.
As Mom read my letter in silence, her eyes narrowed and her expression turned to stone. “You’re breaking my heart here, Brie,” she said. “You’ve been doing gymnastics for ten years, and now you want to run track? Have you lost your mind?”
I hadn’t lost my mind—but I had definitely lost my fire. It’s one thing to keep fighting for your dream when you’re surrounded by the four family members who know you the best. It’s an entirely different thing to push toward that dream when you feel alone.
“I’m not trying to break your heart, Mom,” I said. “I just don’t want to do it anymore.”
Mom paused and looked directly at me. “I know you miss home, Brie,” she said. “But you’ve signed a contract that says you will represent your country to the best of your ability. You’ve got a responsibility to your teammates. And now you just want to walk away? I will not let you be dishonorable. If gymnastics is not your passion, then at the very least, you will finish the season. I didn’t raise you and your brother and sisters to be quitters.”
The next afternoon as I dragged myself into Chow’s gym for a hard workout, I thought of the hundreds of double shifts Mom had worked in order to pay for my training. I thought of my two sisters: Arielle, who gave up ballroom dancing, and Joyelle, who stopped ice skating so that our single mom could afford to keep me in gymnastics. I thought of my father—the one person who’d missed out on so much of the dream I was about to set aside. I thought of my closest friend and my only brother, John—the one whose little pep talk turned out to be the big miracle that changed everything that month. But I’ll come back to that part.
For now, here’s what you need to know: Exactly 210 days before I ever attempted my first vault in the London Summer Olympics, my leap of faith came this close to ending in a crash of disaster.”
Adapted from Grace, Gold & Glory: My Leap of Faith by Gabrielle Douglas with Michelle Burford. Copyright 2012 Zondervan.
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A must-read for teen athletes, December 7, 2012
By Vicki J, Georgia
“Are you a teen athlete or the parent supporting the dream of one? Gabby Douglas unlocks her story, and in doing so, she inspires the young athletes and their parents who follow a similar path. Giving the glory to God, Gabby is living proof that faith and family sustain when the physical body and mind fall short. When I read the end of chapter 18, my eyes filled with tears. Gabby knows my daughter’s conflict! It isn’t just me as a mom and my daughter as a Junior Olympic athlete (a diver, not a gymnast, but it all rings true, regardless of the sport). Even the best, most talented, and most successful like Gabby Douglas are torn between being a top-performing athlete and being a normal teenager. Her writing sings to the heart of a teen, phrased in a way that lets your mind imagine the exact words coming from a little personal text message from Gabby to you. She empowers her decisions with Biblical truth, and in doing so, she helps us believe that God’s plan is perfect, no matter how the world may convince you otherwise. This is a must-read, and I can hardly wait until Christmas day, when my daughter can devour Gabby’s inspiring words.”
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He’s a rookie quarter back and surely has a chance at Rookie of the Year honors. He beats defenses with his legs, with his arm, with his ball handling, and his reads of the defenses. Even his bad plays turn into good ones. Check out the video where he fumbles, the ball bounces into the hands of a team mate who scores a touchdown.
Later in the game, RG3 rallied the Redskins to a 17 – 16 win.
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Johnathan Paul Manziel commonly referred to as “Johnny Football,” a nickname given to him by fans and students at Texas A&M before the start of the 2012 season (born December 6, 1992) is an American Football quarterback for the Texas A&M football team.
|He was highly recruited out of high school as a dual-threat quarterback with an impressive ability to extend plays. On August 16, 2012, Manziel was named starter for the 2012 Texas A&M Aggies football team. He plays in Kevin Sumlin’s Air Raid offense. A&M’s first season in the SEC is 2012 and he made his mark in an upset of #1 Alabama.|
Manziel was born in Tyler, Texas, to Michelle and Paul Manziel. He has one sister. Out of high school he was noticed for his ability to extend plays and is compared closely to quarterback Michael Vick. In high school he scored on a throwing, rushing, reception, and kickoff return. He was very highly recruited out of high school. He had offers from Texas A&M Aggies, Baylor Bears, Colorado State Rams, Iowa State Cyclones, Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, Oregon Ducks, Rice Owls, Stanford Cardinal, Tulsa Golden Hurricane, and the Wyoming Cowboys.
Coached by Mark Smith at Kerrville Tivy High School … highly-decorated prep player was named a Parade All-American and the National High School Coach Association Football Player of the Year …
- Named the Texas Associated Press Sports Editors Player of the Year after a spectacular senior season that saw him compile 228-of-347 (65.7%) passing for 3,609 yards with 45 TDs and 5 INTs; 170 carries for 1,674 yards and 30 TD’s; 1 TD reception; 1 kickoff return for a TD …
- As a senior, Manziel earned a variety of honors:
- District 28-4A MVP (unanimous selection);
- Class 4A First Team All-State (AP);
- San Antonio Express-News Offensive Player of the Year;
- Sub-5A First Team All-Area (SA Express-News);
- No. 1 QB in Texas by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football;
- DCTF Top 300, PrepStar All-Region;
- Super- Prep All-Region …
- As a junior, Manziel received All-San Antonio Area Offensive Player of the Year honors and District 27-4A MVP honors after posting 218-of-356 passing for 2,903 yards with 19 TDs and 5 INTs; 242 carries for 1,544 yards and 34 TDs;
- 5 receptions for 152 yards and 2 TD’s …
- As a sophomore, he had 717 rushing yards and 12 TDs; 59-of-88 passing for 922 yards with 10 TDs and 0 INTs; 19 receptions for 357 yards and 1 TD … chose the Aggies over Oregon and Stanford.
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