Gabby Douglas is a gymnastics champ, an Olympic gold medalist and a household name. But just one year ago, she almost left gymnastics altogether — to work at a fast-food joint!
The 16-year-old gymnast admits that around this time last year, she told her coaches and her family that she wanted to quit the competitions and maybe get a job at the local Chick-fil-A.
“What was I thinking?” she says now.
Luckily for her — and the rest of the world — she didn’t follow up her impulsive plan and kept tumbling her way onto the women’s gymnastics team. The rest, as the say, is history, and Gabby became the first black woman to win the individual all-around competition at the Olympics.
Since earning her gold in London, Douglas has had a life-changing autumn, culminating in a new memoir Grace, Gold, & Glory: My Leap of Faith, to be published Dec. 4.
“My life has changed so much,” Douglas tells People. “It’s been really fun.”