Gabby Douglas' mom: Hard times along road to gold

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A lot of blood sweat and tears go into an Olympian's quest for gold. But it's not just the athletes who sacrifice -- it's also the parents.

Many of you watched as gymnast Gabby Douglas was cheered on by her mom. So just how does Natalie Hawkins stay so calm under pressure while watching her daughter compete? It might be because she has had to overcome so much adversity along her daughter's road to gold.

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Hear how one gut-wrenching sacrifice by this single mom may have made all the difference in Gabby's journey to the top!

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