Elissa Parton is just 6 years old, so she may not remember that she once had a bedroom of her own, despite three older sisters.27 photos: Gabby Douglas' West Des Moines home away from home

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    It's a warm day in West Des Moines ... She is Gabby Douglas, and when the women's gymnastics all-around gold medal was placed around her neck at the London 2012 Olympics, she became an instant superstar. When we met her at the gym her host family owns ...
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    Natalie Hawkins is the mother behind gold medal Olympic gymnast Gabrielle Douglas ... she’s going to be okay? So Gabby moved to West Des Moines, Iowa, to train with Chow. She’s been living with the most phenomenal family, Travis and Missy Parton ...
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  • Gabby Douglas: Impact Far Beyond Sports
    to West Des Moines ... my life," Hawkins said. "But it's now one of the most rewarding things that I've ever gotten to experience ... there's no greater joy than for a parent to see their child reach their dream." Black Olympian Firsts: Gabby Douglas ...
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