Gabby Douglas has won two gold medals in gymnastics, but it came with a price.
The whirlwind was underway for the all-around champion Friday. It took strangers to step up - and separation to achieve stardom. For a chance to make the Olympic team, Douglas left home in Virginia two years ago to train with coach Liang Chow.
"It was a judgement call. It's a gamble and I know for sure, 100 percent now, if I could even go to 200 percent, I know that was the correct choice, because the day she got into that gym, her countenance changed. Her joy came back, she could not wait to get into that gym and train everyday with Chow and Lee," said Douglas' mother, Natalie Hawkins.
"I think it was the best pairing of a gymnast who is a little hyper and a coach who is extremely calm and calculated and planning out everything and spilling where he was calm to his gymnast and that is how this result was possible," said Marta Karolyi, team coordinator for US Gymnastics.
But to work, they needed a host family. That's where Missy Partons stepped up.
"I lost my mom to cancer in July of 2010 and after that, my ad says that God loves us too much to leave that void. He will find something to fill it with. Not replace it, but to fill it with," said Partons.
And Douglas did just that. It was such a perfect fit that Hawkins and Partons made "Mom 1" and "Mom 2" shirts.
Partons was responsible for getting the champion to the gym.
"Yes and physical therapy. At one point, it was every single day when she was nursing an injury and every single day between the two of them, they had to work out the scheduling," Partons said.
"I cannot thank them enough for that. They literally turned their lives upside down for my daughter and how do I repay that? I keep telling her, I say it all the time, 'Thank you just doesn't seem good enough'," Hawkins said. "Hugs are good. I've hugged her until she can't be hugged anymore."
The family photos are larger now and Douglas is grateful.
"They are awesome and amazing. They have taken me in and included me as one of their own and included me into everything and it's just been an amazing experience with them," she said.