Lifetime Biopic “The Gabby Douglas Story” Shares Young Olympian’s Life Story
Gabby Douglas has been a household name since her historic 2012 Olympic gold medal win.
She’s been featured ads, has written a book, and now has her very own biopic.
Cable television’s Lifetime network brought The Gabby Douglas Story to life for all of the fans of the phenomenal gymnast. The rags-to-riches story details the athlete’s real life struggles on the road to become the first African-American in Olympic history to receive gold in the individual all-around gold medals.
“You actually get to see the challenges and the struggles and my life story … so I was like, absolutely,” Douglas said during a press call Monday about being approached for the movie. “It sounded like a very amazing opportunity, so my family and I said yes.”
Douglas says she met with writers to make sure the film reflected her story in an authentic way.
As for what it feels like to be only 19 with a biopic, Douglas said, “It’s just so crazy and insane but it’s also like an amazing feeling. I never would’ve thought I’d have a movie on TV about my life story.”
Teenage Gabby Douglas is played by Imani Hakim, while Sydney Mikayla plays the younger Gabby. Regina King also stars in the film as Natalie Hawkins–Gabby’s single mother who struggled to meet the financial demands of her daughters gymnastics career.
The movie premiered on Saturday Feb. 1 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Lifetime. If you missed it the first time you can catch the encores Monday Feb. 3 at 8 p.m. and Tuesday Feb. 4 at 12 a.m. ET/PT or watch the full movie online here.
(Photo Credit: Lifetime)