Aug 3, 2012

Natalie Hawkins, the mother of Gabby Douglas, sat down with CNN to discuss the sacrifice that was made in order to make her daughter an Olympian.

Being a single mother of four presented a challenge for Hawkins as she struggled to keep her daughter in gymnastics. She sold her jewelry as well as took on extra shifts at work in order to make her daughter's Olympic dreams come true.

Hawkins told CNN, “After years of persuading me I finally gave in and took her to a trial class. She just never wanted to come out of the gym. She loved it. She would practice all the time. So I saw then the hard work.”

“I didn’t realize when I got into this sport how expensive it was. Just the commitment over the years, sometimes it felt crushing. I didn’t think I’d be able to keep her in the sport. But then I’d think about it and say you’ve got to fight. I sold almost all of my jewelry, if I had to pick up extra shifts at work. Whatever it takes.”

She even made one of the biggest sacrifices of allowing her 14 year old daughter to leave the family home in Virginia to train with a world class coach who happened to be thousands of miles away in Iowa.

In the end, the sacrifice paid off. Her daughter is now an historical Olympic champion whose name people shall remember for years to come.

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