Gabby Douglas made history at the Olympic Games in London. Now the gymnast wants to pay forward her accomplishments by sharing her exceptional story. Before she threw out the first pitch at Citi Field, she hung out with some local kids to talk about leaving home, earning that gold, and hanging out with the likes of Letterman, Oprah, and the First Lady.
The pint-size power house passed along her gratitude to the Mets and to the Jackie Robinson Foundation. The 16-year-old gymnast says pioneering athletes such as Jackie Robinson paved the way for her, and she only hopes to pass on the torch.
The Virginia native shared her story of leaving her home at the age of 14 to train full time in Iowa. She admitted she doesn't have much of a social life and made many sacrifices to earn that top-honor gold medal for the individual all around.
Gabby is the first black woman in Olympic history to become the individual all-around champion and the first American gymnast to win gold in individual all-around and team competitions at the same Olympics.
Douglas will turn 17 on New Year's Eve, but don't expect her to be partying too hard. She's got her eyes set on competing in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. So chances are she'll be in training mode.