Gabby Douglas' West Des Moines Family Can't Imagine Life Without Olympian

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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  • Gabby Douglas’ other Mom, Missy Parton, and the Iowa family that helped get her to Olympic gold
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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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