Gabrielle Douglas Wins Gold Medal in Women's Gymnastics All Around!
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ".. (born December 31, 1995) is an American artistic gymnast. As a member of the U.S. Women's Gymnastics team at the 2012 Summer Olympics, she won gold medals in both the individual and team all-around competitions. Douglas is the first woman of color and the first African-American gymnast in Olympic history to become the individual all-around champion, and the first American gymnast to win gold in both the individual all-around and team competitions at the same Olympics. She was also a member of the gold-winning U.S. team at the 2011 World Championships....
"..enting over not being able to go home with her family after the holidays. She was homesick for her Virginia Beach birthplace, and wanted to give up on her dream of becoming a world-class gymnast, but Douglas' family rallied around her and pushed her through that tough season. Now the 4'11 teen is a two-time Olympic gold medalist in the individual and team all-around competitions and a world champion. She attributes it all to her faith in the Lord.
"I love sharing my story and I love sharing about my faith," she said. "God has given me this amazing God-given talent, so I'm going to go out and glorify His name."
Douglas is very vocal about her love for Christ. She says her mother raised her and her siblings in church and made sure the Word of God and prayer were a constant part of their lives.
And though she is young, her faith has been tested as she endured her share of difficulty. As a baby Douglas was diagnosed with a deadly blood disease and remembers her mother crying out to God for her healing. "God answered her prayers," she said.
And even though her family was also homeless and living in a van during her childhood, she said their faith in God sustained them through their trials.
"[My faith] always plays a big role in my life," she said. "I don't know where I'd be without it today."
Douglas remembers Christ became real to her at age 10 and He has been her plumb line ever since. "I remember watching the Olympics on TV and my lips are moving and I said 'Oh, I'm praying'," she recalls showcasing her signature grin. "I pray before every single competition. That motivates me and gets me on fire."
For Douglas her Olympic win has only created a platform for her to inspire others. She wrote a memoir titled Grace, Gold and Glory detailing her struggles and the grace God gave her to win the gold. She wants to encourage other teens not to give up on their dream.
"You do not want to have regret," she said. "If I were to have quit. I would have so much regret right now, so I'm so glad I stuck it out."...
Grace, Gold & Glory: My Leap of Faith - Gabrielle Douglas
" Published on Dec 3, 2012
In the 2012 London Olympics, US gymnast Gabrielle Douglas stole hearts and flew high as the All-Around Gold Medal winner, as well as acting as a critical member of the US gold-medal-winning women gymnastics team.
In this personal autobiography, Grace, Gold & Glory: My Leap of Faith, Gabrielle tells her story of faith, perseverance and determination, overcoming obstacles such as racism, criticism from the media, and growing up in the spotlight to reach her dream of Olympic gold. Her inspiring story proves that you can reach your dreams if you let yourself soar.
US Olympic Gymnast Gabby Douglas - Importance of Scripture in Her Day....
" Published on Aug 8, 2012
16 year old Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas Gabby has won gymnastics all-around title becoming the third straight American to win gymnastics's biggest prize. Before she went to London she shared a bit about her motivation at her home church.
"For over 20 years, I have been motivated by a passion to positively impact the lives of others. As a speaker, author and life coach, I have the privilege of helping others to overcome difficult circumstances and walk in confidence as they live their lives on purpose.
I believe that it is only when we're living in the truth of who we were created to be, that we can experience genuine fulfillment, lasting peace and real success. Therefore, it has become my mission to help others embrace their unique value, expand their vision and navigate the roadblocks that prevent them from experiencing the fullness of God’s plan for their lives. Seeing others succeed is what fulfills me the most!
On this site you will learn more about who I am and find information on how I can motivate you reach your goals by coming alongside you in a coaching role or speaking at one of your events. My hope is that as you get to know me, you’ll be inspired to live a more courageous and confident life. Thanks for visiting!"
"CBN.com – “I was actually watching the Olympics when Nadia Comaneci was competing. I looked at her and said, ‘Hey, I can do that.’”
And she did… Kim Anthony rocked the gymnastics world.
During the late ‘80s she was Kim Hamilton, a powerhouse gymnast with natural beauty and phenomenal talent who taught herself how to fly.
“I just flipped around on the sidewalks everyday all day long,” Kim recalls. “Taught myself how to do several pretty tough skills, and that’s how it began.”
Her amateur skills impressed her coaches. It was the start of a spectacular career -- a series of U.S. national titles, NCAA wins and international recognition. Kim even made history by becoming the first Black woman to be recruited and awarded a gymnastics scholarship to UCLA. She later earned a spot in the UCLA Hall of Fame.
Things were hard for Kim growing up. How did her family afford the training?
Kim replies, “We came up with some very innovative ways. One of the things we did was we cleaned up the gym after practice.”
Kim and her parents scraped up money by working the coat check stand at a nightclub.
“Then they would clear the dance floor about midnight or 1:00 in the morning, and then I would perform my floor routine under a disco ball,” she says. “After that I’d have to walk home, which was probably close to 10 miles.”
Kim grew up in a rough neighborhood in Richmond, Virginia. Her parents had a rocky relationship. Her father battled a bitter drug addiction, often disappearing for days on end.
“I loved him so much, and it hurt me so deeply that he didn’t bother to come home. So somehow I equated that with not having value in his eyes,” Kim says. “I remember being at a drug dealer’s house watching him make crack cocaine and following him step-by-step thinking that if I could just learn how to do this, then my daddy will be proud of me.”
At the time, Kim was only seven years old. She found shelter in her mother’s love. Still, the ache from her painful past boiled into anger. She experimented with drugs to numb the pain. But mandatory drug testing at UCLA put a stop to her social drug use. In the gym, Kim remained at the top of her game, but she would soon realize that success couldn’t save her life.
“The summer after my freshman year at UCLA I had just won my first national championship title. I went back home, and I was hanging out with some of my friends. All of a sudden I heard this screaming and yelling coming up behind me. So I turned around only to find myself staring down the barrel of a gun. Behind that gun was an angry young man.
“I just remember him having it so close to my head, telling me that he was going to shoot me. I looked at him. I flicked my hand, and I walked away. But I walked away thinking, ‘You know what? There just has to be more to life than this.’ It was that very next year that I met Corwin.”
Corwin Anthony played football for UCLA and would later go pro. He says, “I had just committed my life to Christ, and I knew that meant walking completely with Him, giving up everything. I was afraid that if I started acting too much like a Christian, she would reject me. I didn’t realize that that was the best thing I could have done.”
“He shared with me that God loved me and had a plan for my life,” Kim says. “I had never heard that before. I knew that that is exactly what I needed at the time. I ended up praying, and I asked Jesus to come into my heart and make me the person that He wants me to be.
“Before I came to know Christ, I was really searching for value and worth. What I’ve discovered in my latter years is that actually I was searching for the love of a father. I was searching for that father’s love that gives you that sense of security, that gives you that sense of self-worth, that value that will never change.”
God has healed many of Kim’s emotional wounds. Through his love, she has found the power to forgive her dad.
“I forgive him for everything that he’s done in the past. I know that he was a young dad learning himself, and I understand that.”
Kim and Corwin’s careers converged in southern Florida. With a love for God and a passion for sports, they carved the perfect careers as co-chaplains for the Miami Dolphins.
Together she and her husband coach couples on how to grow in their faith and in marriage. Kim also keeps busy as a television host in Miami Dade County. Each week, Kim leads a Bible study for the Miami Dolphins’ wives. But the ministry closest to her heart is at home as a wife and mother.
“What I love most about my life is the security I have in Christ,” she says. “I feel as if I have the world at my fingertips, because if I set a goal, I can go for it. If I reach that goal, wonderful. If I don’t, if it’s not for me, then that’s okay. I can fall back into the arms of Christ. So He has given me that security in life."
UCLA's First African-American Female Gymnastics Champion Kim Hamilton Anthony
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Moira Brown speaks with Kim Hamilton Anthony about her life growing up on the wrong side of the tracks and how she was able to become a gymnastics champion. ; Kim Hamilton Anthony ; Author, Speaker, Athletes in Action USA ;
In this Best of 2012 Broadcast, world-class gymnast Kim Anthony shares her testimony of overcoming incredible odds as a child and eventually finding deeper meaning to her athletic achievement through a faith in Jesus Christ.
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