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'The Gabby Douglas Story' comes to Lifetime to celebrate Black History Month

According to Belief Net on Jan. 24, Lifetime will present "The Gabby Douglas Story" during the first week of Feb. to celebrate Black History Month and the upcoming winter Olympics.

"The Gabby Douglas Story" airs on Lifetime
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Gabby Douglas, now 18, was the winner of the Team Gold and Women’s Gymnastics Olympic All-Around Title during the 2012 Summer Olympics. She made news because she is the only African American to receive the All-Around title and the only female to receive both titles.

The inspirational movie will start when Douglas was only eight competing in gymnastics for the first time.The movie will follow her through the numerous state championships throughout her early years of competitions. It will show how Douglas faced economic challenges at home with her family and how she made the difficult decision to leave her family in Virginia Beach, Virginia to train with renowned coach Liang Chow in Des Moines, Iowa to pursue her dream to win gold at the Olympics. The movie ends with the 2012 Olympics.

Since her great wins, Douglas has been honored and received many awards and recognitions since then. However, these probably will not be shown in the movie since the movie ends after her rise to fame during the Olympics.

Douglas will play herself at the end of the movie. Imani Hakim who played the part of Douglas was excellent in the role of a gymnast. Other stars include Regina King, S. Epatha Merkerson, and Sydney Mikayla.

After the movie, an hour special was aired with Douglas' real family called "Behind the Headlines."

Lifetime is airing the movie several times to give people a chance to view it at least once. The air dates and times are:

  • Saturday, February 1 at 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 2 at 12:00 a.m.
  • Sunday, February 2 at 9:00 p.m
  • Monday, February 3 at 1:00 a.m.

Discussion Guides
Viewers can download two discussions guides for families, youth groups, etc.

  1. One discussion guide is based on education.
  2. The other discussion guide is a faith-based themed guide.

They both can be downloaded for free at the Lifetime website. You can also watch a preview of the movie on the Lifetime website.