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Last year 17-year-old Olympic gold medalist Gabrielle Douglas released an inspirational memoir entitled Grace, Gold and Glory: My Leap of Faith., in which she discussed the early years of her life, including leaving her family at 12 years old to train for the Olympics in Des Moines, Iowa, her challenging journey to triumph and her 2012 London Olympics win. The Virginia native’s second novel, Raising the Bar will highlight what life is like following her historic Olympic victory.
“After competing in the 2012 London Olympics and winning two gold medals, Gabrielle Douglas’s life changed forever … but in many important ways, it stayed the same. Inside these pages, Gabrielle shares an inside look at her day-to-day world, from the things that are still important to her—time with her friends and family, her favorite comfort foods, and her training routine—as well as what’s it’s like to suddenly walk the red carpet and interviewed by various people. Along the way, Gabrielle also offers tips on how you can raise the bar on your life and accomplish your dreams. Through candid photos taken by Gabrielle to exclusive images taken behind the scenes, experience what it’s like to be an Olympic Champion and a normal teenage girl balancing a life in the spotlight with a life in the gym.”
“Even before I competed in the Olympics, I always wanted to write a book. Of course, there’ll be a lot of stories about gymnastics, but the book will also be about how much my family and I have overcome during our journey. It hasn’t been easy. I want people to read my story and say, ‘If Gabby can do it, I can do it, too. Anything is possible,’” Douglas said of her first novel.
“Gabby’s life and story will equip countless young people with the courage and motivation to move beyond ‘life as it seems.’ Her magnetic smile and poised demeanor set her apart. We could not be happier to work with Gabby and her family on this project,” said Zondervan’s Annette Bourland of the dual book deal.
It looks like this is yet another major accomplishment for the 17-year-old gymnast. Raising the Bar sounds like a great read for all of the young girls who are seeking to follow in Gabby’s footsteps. She’s such an inspiration!
Ya’ll Couldn’t Have Had A Family Meeting?? Olympic Gold Medalist Sued For Defamation By Her Own Parents
The celebration is definitely over for sprinter Tianna Madison who won gold at the London Olympics this summer as part of the 4×100 meter relay team. The ladies actually set a new world record after the race, but unfortunately for Tianna she now has to turn her attention to legal matters — like the lawsuit her parents have filed against her.
According to the Chronicle-Telegram:
This week, Jo Ann and Robert Madison filed a libel, slander and defamation lawsuit against their athlete daughter, accusing her of defaming them with false statements and allegations.
The complaint, naming Tianna Madison and her husband, John Bartoletta, as defendants, states that since March of this year, the couple has repeatedly made or had published false and defamatory statements about the Madisons to various third parties, including media outlets in Ohio and Florida.
The lawsuit details allegations that Tianna Madison wrongly alleged that her parents mismanaged her finances, and that they knowingly allowed a boy who had molested her in the past to enter their home in her presence.
Tiana and her husband are refusing to comment on the suit publicly because according to Brian Butler, a spokesman for the couple:
“This should be a time for not just Tianna, but her family to celebrate all she has gone through and her winning a gold medal,” he said. “That is what she is going to focus on at this time and, I think, she is trying to take some time to enjoy the fact that she won an Olympic gold medal.”
Despite “boilerplate language” in the civil suit asking for compensatory damages in excess of $25,000 and punitive damages in excess of $25,000 plus court costs and fees, Tianna’s parents insist they didn’t file the action for financial gain. Their attorney, Scott Schooler, said the lawsuit is a means to get their daughter’s attention and hopefully one day reconcile with her.
“It was a wake-up call for Tianna to really look at the entire situation and look at what exactly is going on,” he said. “Hopefully, she will realize there is some importance in having a relationship with her parents.”
“[The Madison's] are not seeking any financial gain. At the end of the day, they would like to restore their relationship with their daughter. Beyond that, I am not going to comment on the parameters of any possible resolution.”
Tianna’s parents no doubt also seek to clear their name by taking such a bold legal action against their own daughter, otherwise this is a matter that could have been handled privately. They maintain, however, that they had no knowledge of their daughter ever being molested, until they got word that she and her husband were shopping a pre-written article about her upbringing to several media outlets. It was around that time they also found out their daughter was planning to sue them for mismanaging finances, which actually never happened. Tianna also allegedly sent a text message to her parents Aug. 11 telling them that after the Olympic games, “she would ‘break the story’ of the Madisons’ ‘selfish, controlling and utterly abusive ways and treatment’ of her, and that ‘it was going to be brutal.’ ’’ The Madison’s countered those accusations with this statement about their daughter’s upbringing in the lawsuit:
“Throughout her childhood, and into adulthood, Robert Madison and Jo Ann Madison have provided Tianna Madison with a loving, supportive and generous environment, that has enabled her to achieve success as a sprinter, including her obtaining a gold medal in the 2012 Olympic Games, as well as achieving success in other athletic endeavors.”
I can’t say who’s telling the truth here, but some things definitely don’t appear to be adding up in this case. What do you think about this situation and the Madison’s suing their daughter?
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Back in 1996, we were captivated by Dominique Dawes. The first African American gymnast to win a gold medal with her team, dubbed “The Magnificent 7.” Today, Gabrielle Douglas became the second African American to take home the gold, and the first to win not only the gold team medal but the gold individual all around. Fox Sports sat down with Dominique Dawes to get her thoughts on Gabby’s performance. See her teary reaction below.
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The 2012 Summer Olympics in London are set to begin this week and many talented African Americans will be representing the United States during the games. Just being chosen to be an Olympian is an honor in and of itself, but it’s especially a moment of honor to have so many blacks carry on the legacy of legendary Olympians like Florence Griffith-Joyner, gymnast Dominique Dawes and the 1992 basketball team, aka, the Dream Team, which consisted of Hall-of-Famers like Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Magic Johnson and more. Here are some of the athletes who will be carrying the torch in London and hopefully bringing home the gold.
The 16-year-old gymnastic powerhouse earned first place at the Olympic trials and is the 2012 U.S. uneven bars champion, the all-around silver medalist and a bronze medalist in floor exercise. Affectionately known as Gabby, she just told E! News that she wanted Gabrielle Union to play her in the movie of her life. Douglas is the one of the main stars of the summer games, and that was made clear by the fact that she just graced one of the covers of TIME magazine (for the week of July 30) and on Sports Illustrated for a preview of the games.
Claressa Shields has a goal. This 16 year old girl from Flint, Michigan is trying to win an Olympic gold medal for boxing.
Just one of three women who earned a spot on this year’s U.S. women’s boxing team, Shields is the youngest. While her story is unique in its own right, all three women on the team will make history this year, representing the first women’s boxing team for the U.S. as well as the first time women have been able to compete in this sport in the last 108 years.
Claressa was inspired to start boxing after her father Clarence Shields, an underground amateur boxer, told her it was a man’s sport. Her father was the first of many people she had to prove wrong on her journey toward the London Olympics.
But she was serious and once her father realized it, he took her to the gym for the first time when she was 11 years old.
Claressa told National Public Radio (NPR) that when she steps into the ring she’s almost in another world: ”It’s like everything outside the ring’s black,” she says. “Can’t nobody else get in there and help you. Your coach, he can’t get in the ring and fight with you. You don’t have your dad, your mom. When you get in the ring, you don’t have anybody but yourself.”
But for all her focus, Shields is still a teenager and sometimes she has to be reminded to stay focused. Once while practicing a boy called and her coach Jason Crutchfield had to remind her what is at stake.
“You got all your life for boys,” he says. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime thing right here.”
Crutchfield, who shares a close relationship with Shields, told NPR he noticed her a week after she came into his gym and realized she had an exceptional talent.
“A coach always wants a champion; that’s why we coach,” Crutchfield says. “I just never thought it was going to be a girl.”
Go ahead Claressa! We’ll be watching and rooting for you this summer.
Claressa is chronicling her journey to the Olympics through the “Women Box” radio project on WNYC. You can watch and listen below.
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