“I never would have thought a movie would be about me, so it’s crazy and wonderful at the same time.” That’s what Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas, 18, said during a recent interview with People.
In her short life, Gabby Douglas has accomplished so much. She was the first African American in Olympic history to be named all-around champion. She also won gold medals during the 2012 Summer Olympics. She has even released an autobiography, Grace, Gold, and Glory: My Leap of Faith. Now, a new notch under her belt is acting in a movie based solely on her life and accomplishments.
The Gabby Douglas Story movie will follow the beginnings of Douglas’s athletic career at age 7. It will also focus on some of her family's financial struggles, and Douglas's decision to leave her family in Virginia Beach, Virginia to move to Des Moines, Iowa to train under renowned coach Liang Chow to reach her dream of performing in the Olympics. The Gabby Douglas Story is being tagged as “inspirational.”
During filiming, Gabby Douglas was able to still keep her schedule of practicing six days a week for four hours. When asked if gymnastics or acting was harder, Douglas said that both were harder but acting was a little more difficult because she had to worry about remembering her lines, which was “nerve-wracking.”
The Gabby Douglas Story will have its world premiere Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 8/7c on Lifetime. It also stars Regina King and S. Epatha Merkerson.
Will you be tuning in to watch?