Olympic gold is a dream for many young athletes. This dream came true for 5 girls and their lives changed forever. On August 1, 2012, a dream that many held since childhood came true for the "fab 5", women's gymnastics team, who was awarded gold. Gabby Douglas, a member of the "fab 5" made leaps and bounds on her own path to the Olympics.
The book Gabby Douglas: my leap of faith Explains Gabby Douglas's journey to the Olympic dream of her and her 4 Olympic teammates, Jordyn Wieber, McKayla Maroney, Kyla Ross, and Aly Riesman. From birth to the 2012 Olympics, Olympian Gabby Douglas has her own share of heartaches, struggles, and injuries and of course accomplishments. In the book, Gabby Douglas shows determination and a love and talent for gymnastics like no other. She was born on December 31, 1985 in Newport News, Virginia. She struggled with health problems and poverty while growing up. Joined the Tops program at the local gym there she excelled tremendously and eventually started a new stricter gym where she could excel even more. When she was 9, she reached level 5 and started competing. From that point she kept gaining skills and moved up levels at a rapid rate. She loved the sport and everyone could tell she had a talent when she reached the age of 12 she was eligible to compete at a competition for upcoming gymnasts. She got on the bronze team. 6 months later she competed again and worked harder and got on the diamond team (the highest team).After the award her parents had to make a big decision to either continue on the same path and keep her college eligibility ,or go for the gold and obviously we all know what choice they made. When she turned 13 her parents contacted couch chow and his wife Liang chow. Gabby wanted to go train with coach chow, but there was one problem her family couldn't afford to move to Iowa. She moved in with a host family she trained with chow for 2 years and then disaster struck right after worlds Gabby began feeling pain in her leg it was the worst possible thing she had a stress fracture. she wanted so she got it off and was then in a boot and was out for 12 weeks,After she got out of injury she was still recovering when the visa world championship meet was about to take place she placed 1st reserving a spot on the Olympic team. She got on the plane and landed gold on both all around and in the team.
The autobiography Gabby Douglas: My Leap of Faith is a book I would give a seven out of ten. I enjoyed thee book very much. I loved that when she was hurting or excited she would create a vivid picture of that moment in your mind. However I feel that gabby could have went more into detail when it came to her post Olympics experience. Overall this title improved my intelligence on the young athlete another aspect I thought highly of was the fact that she showed her faith clearly in the quotes and bible stories from childhood. Along with that she sometimes chose verses and quotes that I couldn't always connect to the topic in hand overall the book had both good and bad aspects but the good outweighed the bad without repelling me from the book. I enjoy this autobiography and the story line.
I was to learn more about an athlete that I look up to. I feel that this title is a book for girls with big dreams that might be stuck in place and going against the current of life. Gabby is an admirable person with a big heart and had big dreams that she accomplished. As I read this selection I kept thinking Gabby was trying to tell us something. In the end I concluded that Gabby was telling us to follow our dreams. This book isn't an awarded winner yet, but my hopes are that it will be one soon. The book inspired me to follow my dreams and I hope that it will do the same for others.