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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Natalie Hawkins
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.
"She inspires me," Hawkins said, referring to her champion. "To keep it together in that moment when it meant so much says a lot about her."