For those still feeling the Olympic spirit, Essence has a great interview with gold medalist Gabby Douglas and her mom, Natalie Hawkins. Below are a few highlights, but click through for the entire piece.
On people criticizing Douglas’ hair:
Hawkins: I thought she was a wonderful representation for our country and for African-American women. From the very beginning I thought the focus should have been on her wonderfully amazing talent, and not on how put together her hair was. I didn’t think it was out of place — it was just slicked back. My daughter has internal strength that she exuded that on the floor. She made her dreams come true. That’s where the focus should have been.
On which athletes she admires:
Douglas: I’m not gonna lie, I love Usain Bolt and Serena Williams. What I love about Serena is that she just gets on the floor and she dominates. She handles her business very well, I respect that.
On the future:
I just want to continue with gymnastics because I’m still young and fresh. I think can get some more titles under my belt. I want to get one of the American Cup trophies and get some more international experience. That would be fun.