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Natalie Hawkins, bottom center, mother of U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas, waves her country's flag and cheers for her gold medallist daughter during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London. At right is Shawn Johnson, the 2008 Olympic individual all-around gymnastics silver medal winner. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
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Natalie Hawkins, bottom center, mother of U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas, waves her country's flag and cheers for her gold medallist daughter during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London. At right is Shawn Johnson, the 2008 Olympic individual all-around gymnastics silver medal winner. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

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