Just days after the closing ceremonies in London, Oprah sat down with a beautiful Iowa backdrop with Gabrielle Douglas and her whole family for a special episode of Oprah’s Next Chapter. Leaving no question out of the 30 minute program, Oprah talked with Gabrielle – who goes by Gabby to her fans but really prefers the name Gabrielle – and her mother in a relaxed and open interview about anything and everything. During the program, we were pleasantly surprised at how much was actually covered. From her short life and her long journey to the Olympics, we hear about just what it takes to be an Olympic athlete – commitment and support and a lot of sacrifice. By moving away from her family to train in Iowa, Gabrielle found the winning combination for her journey. It’s clear that her core family is strong and that they support her 100%.
As Oprah talks about bullying, the big “hair” twitter thing, and Gabrielle’s relationship with her estranged father, we see a young woman, composed and brilliant. Quite possibly shining brighter than any Olympic gold medal could ever luster. Congratulations Gabrielle and bravo Oprah for bringing us a look into the people who supported her and the accomplishment for all of them. This Next Chapter reminds us that no matter what the prize, it really is a team effort of all those who held you up and supported your journey.
From OWN: Gabrielle Douglas’ First Family Interview
From OWN: Gabrielle Douglas’ Attitude Adjustment