Experiencing my daughter's first Olympics

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Experiencing my daughter's first Olympics

My experience at my daughter's first Olympics was incredible. I got to bring my other three children with me, and we stayed in a flat, and it was the best experience, I believe, of all of our lives. And to be there to support Gabrielle, who's my youngest child, at that event was just such a beautiful thing, you know? I didn't have a lot of finances at the time and so, we had to get creative with how we raised money to, you know, take us all to London, but we did it and that just shows that anything is possible when, it really is true, when you set your mind to it. And so, we went to London, and as a mom to sit in that stand and watch her compete was the most fulfilling moment of my life. To see my daughter reach her dream, and to know that I supported her all the way just--it filled me with such incredible joy. I was just so happy that we just maintained the course, we didn't give up, we didn't quit, I didn't allow her to quit, and we got to see the fulfillment of her dream when she stood on that podium.
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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. 

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