The challenges of raising an Olympic athlete
Natalie Hawkins, single mother of Gabrielle Douglas (2012 Olympic All-Around Gymnast Gold Medalist), shares insight on the challenges of raising an Olympic athlete and what she focused on as a mother to keep her daughter grounded and happy.
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Natalie Hawkins is the mother of Gabrielle Douglas, 2012 Olympic All-Around Gold Medalist. Virginia Beach native and single mother of 4, Hawkins faced many struggles putting Gabrielle through Olympic training, giving up everything she had to see her daughter succeed. Hawkins allowed her daughter to leave their Virginia Beach home and close family bonds to pursue her dreams, train with Chow's Gymnastics in Iowa, and become the Olympian she is today. Hawkins has since been honored in the P&G “Thank You Moms” campaign.