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Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas Considered Quitting Before the London Games

SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WGGB) — She made history as the first black woman to ever win Olympic gold in individual all-around gymnastics.

16-year-old Gabby Douglas has written a book about that experience and her journey to the top of the gymnastics world. She’s on tour promoting the book.  Gabby told abc40’s Dave Madsen that she reached a point last year where she thought about dropping out of the sport altogether.  “I was very homesick and I wanted to go back with my family to Virginia after Christmas. I hadn’t been home in so long so I missed everything, the beach, my dog, the boardwalk. So I wanted to give up the sport and quit and tried to give any excuse to not go to gym and gymnastics” said Douglas.

Thursday on abc40 News at Noon, Gabby tells Dave Madsen what made her decide not to give up and about her rise to international fame.


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