Gabby Douglas

Gabby Douglas

Gabby Douglas, Olympic Gymnast. She won a team gold medal at the 2016 Sumer Olympics and both team and individual all-around gold medals at the 2012 Summer Olympics. She is the first African American in Olympic history to win the all-around individual gold and the first U.S. gymnast to win medals in both team and individual all-around in the same Olympic games. 

"It was a sacrifice, not only on my part, but on everyone's part, and I learned to just mature over the years and I knew I had a dream and - I wanted to accomplish, so I knew if I had a chance to go to the Olympics - not only going, just going and doing it big and just having the time of my life. So I knew I had that chance, so I had to move away and just get better coaching."

"Anything's possible, so I would say don't sell yourself short and don't cut yourself out because anything is possible if you set your mind to it, and if you have a dream you want to accomplish, I say go after it 100 percent. Don't let anything or anyone stop you."

NPR, Photograph by Parade

Cecily Strong

Cecily Strong

Ruth Simmons

Ruth Simmons