Gabby Douglas blew us all away this week when she won the gold medal for the women’s All-Around in gymnastics at the Olympics.
Not only did she make history for herself, but she also made history in the games, being the first African-American woman to win the title!
All of her hard work has earned her the medal, and could possibly earn her up to $90 million in deals.
According to the New York Post, industry experts are saying she could have over 30 additional contracts over the next decade at more than $2.4 million each.
Gabby recently went on the TODAY Show, where news broke of the incredible deal, and spoke on her journey to the top:
“I just want people to know it took a lot. It took a lot of hard days in the gym and determination, passion and drive. Gold medals are made out of your sweat, blood and tears, and effort in the gym every day, and sacrificing a lot that you have to do.”
“It’s so meaningful to be the first African-American to win the all-around gold medal in the individual and making the history books is definitely one of the perks. It just feels amazing.”
Gabby also hasn’t had the easiest family life. Her parents are currently in the midst of divorce but they still support Gabby 100%!
He said at the Olympic trials:
“We knew (gymnastics) was in her heart because one day she came home from the gym and she had a 102-degree temperature. She went to bed, slept it off and woke up and got back in the gym the next day. That’s when we knew she had a winner’s attitude, a winner’s spirit.”
Even her mom told Us Magazine how proud she was of her, telling the mag:
“Have fun — that’s a really big thing that I always tell her. This is your sport, and you love to do it, so just go out there and enjoy it. How many other times are you going to get to compete at the Olympics? Soak up every minute of it. Push out all distractions. Fear is crippling; there’s nothing to be afraid of. You’ve trained for this moment . . . you’re going to be nervous, but let it fuel and feed your desire to go out there and get what you want.”
“I absolutely have no regrets,” Hawkins told Us. “I wish there was a gym closer . . . but the fact that she’s joined with a coach who believes in her 100% and she believes in them 100% . . . that all means the world to me because she’s happy.”
We’re so happy for Gabby, she definitely deserves these big breaks!