Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas’ Post-Games Life: Oprah, a Driver’s License and Movie Star Dreams, Reveals Her Grandfather (EXCLUSIVE)
“She’s not even thinking about getting a car yet, but she wants to get her driver’s license,” Theodore Hawkins, Douglas’ grandfather, told Celebuzz in an exclusive interview.
Known as “The Flying Squirrel,” the 16-year-old won two gold medals at the London Olympics earlier this month, including the women’s all-around title, to become just the third straight American to win gymnastics’ biggest prize — and the first African-American.
Hawkins said his granddaughter still had her eyes set on the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
But after another tilt at Games’ glory, “she wants to go to college and she wants to be a movie star,” her adoring grandfather revealed.
Until then, there is more hard work ahead.
“She’s only 16 so she’s got time to think about what she wants to do,” said Hawkins. “But one thing’s for sure, her mother is going to make sure she goes down the right path.”
That path has already led the young Olympian to meet another icon, Oprah Winfrey, who interviewed the youngster in Des Moines, Iowa.
Even her grandfather and mother, Natalie Hawkins, were interviewed for the upcoming episode of Oprah’s Next Chapter, to air on OWN this Sunday, August 26.
Douglas showed the famed TV host how to do a few of her signature moves, Hawkins revealed.
“She got on the uneven bars and it’s only a few feet above the ground,” Hawkins said.
“At least she got up there and tried.
“She’s such a beautiful person. We can’t believe we were able to meet her.”