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Olympic champion Gabby Douglas has a new title: author.
Just 14, Gabby Douglas pleaded with her mother to let her move cross country, certain a new coach could help her get to the Olympics.
In January, four days after Gabrielle Douglas celebrated her 16th birthday, training for the Olympics in West Des Moines, Iowa, became too much. Douglas remained in Iowa and opened the path to London that turned a pipe dream into a reality that feels like, at least to her mother, a mix of jubilation, anxiety, hope and nerves.
Asked if he imagined Douglas reaching this point when they began working together two years earlier, coach Liang Chow said, "No."
"She demonstrated she is an Olympic champion," Chow said. "She dealt with a tough job and I think she did very well."