I can't help believing the reason Gabby Douglas won gold at the London Olympics is that nothing gets her down much. She seems to have an inner spring that bounces her spirits right back up after any misstep or performance disaster.
I wonder where that comes from.
Could it be that by acting as if she could leave her Virginia Beach home at 14, and move in with a white family in Des Moines, she was sending herself an "I can" message?
Could it be her supportive sisters who pressured her mother to let Gabby go to Des Moines? Did having those sisters who believed in her give Gabby the cheery confidence she seems to possess?
Could it be the Iowa white family who opened their home to her so she could learn gymnastics from Liang Chow, gold-medal coach? Was it the enthusiastic interrracial welcome that never flagged, that developed Gabby's own enthusiasm?
Or is Gabby Douglas just plain blessed with a God-given inner spirit—a God-given spunk—we could all benefit from?