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OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST GABBY DOUGLAS GIVES VIEWERS AN INSIDE LOOK AT HER HOME ON THE ROAD AND SHARES THOUGHTS ABOUT WINNING, ON THE CBS NEWS SPECIAL PERSON TO PERSON
DOUGLAS ON WINNING: “I ALWAYS DREAMED ABOUT BEING ON THE TOP OF THE PODIUM. BUT IT’S NOT AN EASY LIFE.”
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Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas gives viewers an inside tour of her home on the road and shares her thoughts about winning, on the next CBS News special, PERSON TO PERSON to be broadcast Nov. 23, 2012 (10:00 PM ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
For the past three months, Douglas has been traveling with some of her fellow Olympians as part of a national gymnastics tour. The PERSON TO PERSON team caught up with Douglas at a stop in Hartford, CT. Being on tour, she says, “We definitely feel like rock stars, people coming up to us, asking us for autographs and pictures.”
Gabby takes viewers on a tour of the bus that she and some of the other gymnasts have been living in for the last three months. The quarters are tight – but Gabby takes it in stride.
The teammates also recently visited the White House where they met President Obama, who Douglas says was funny. “I just remember we walk in and we all stood like this, so proper. And he was just like, ‘Guys, relax, calm down, you don’t have to stand in a straight line,’” Douglas says. “We even had a cookie in the White House, which is so good. And I found a quarter in the floor in the White House. It was pretty awesome.”
At the Summer Olympics in London, Douglas became the first African American gymnast to win the all-round gold medal.
“I always dreamed about being on the top of the podium,” she says. “But it’s not an easy life. It is very tough. The sacrifices, the injuries you have to go through, the struggles.”
She credits her mom, Natalie, for being by her side. Indeed, her mother let Gabby move 1,200 miles from home to train with one of the nation’s top coaches.
“Everyone that wants to accomplish their dream, or follow their dream,” she says, “I would just say don’t ever stop – don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t – because you really can.”
Douglas’ interview will be presented alongside interviews with Oscar winner Sean Penn, Grammy winner Alicia Keys and New Orleans Quarterback Drew Brees and his wife Brittany on the CBS News special PERSON TO PERSON to be broadcast Nov. 23, 2012 on the CBS Television Network. Charlie Rose and Lara Logan are the co-hosts.
Susan Zirinsky and Judy Tygard are the co-executive producers of PERSON TO PERSON. Liza Finley and Sarah Prior are the producers. David Franklin is the editor.