Dateline Airs Exclusive Home Movies of Gabby Douglas' Return Home, Interview Excerpts
By April MacIntyre Aug 17, 2012, 18:17 GMT
Alexandra Raisman, Gabby Douglas (c) and the USA Gymnastics Team - "Late Show with David Letterman" - August 14, 2012 - Ed Sullivan Theater - New York City, NY, USA © Janet Mayer / PRPhotos.com
During her first week home from the London Games, NBC correspondent and newsman Lester Holt spends time with Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas for a candid interview.
Still newly embracing the media frenzy of returning back to the States, the 16-year-old talks about what changed the minute she won the gold, what’s been the best part of it all, and those multi-million dollar endorsement deals. Plus, “Dateline” will air exclusive home video of Gabby’s whirlwind since returning home.
Excerpts from the interview follow...
The minute that you won the gold, tell me what happened.
Things changed instantly. I remember just, like Twitter and I had gained, like, so many followers. And I was just so happy. Me and my mom went shopping and everyone was just, like, "Oh, hey, that's Gabby. That's Gabby." So I'm just gonna enjoy it and soak it in.
But is it, is it almost assault on the senses? Has it been too much yet?
It's been fun. I had to learn how to enjoy it and soak it in because it's all gonna go by very fast and I'm just gonna take it day by day.
What's been the best part?
Let's see. We met Nicki Minaj and Jordin Sparks and I …
Not only did you meet them. They knew who you were. You were a celebrity to them.
Have you wrapped your head around those kind of dollar figures yet?
Well, I don't really look at the money because, all – you know – my agent handles that and my mom, so they deal with that.
I know, I know. But, still, it's a lot of money. You've heard those dollar – I know they'll do the paperwork, but that's a lot of money.
I know. But it's really not about the money, though.
I just like to see it as having fun. I mean photo shoots are really fun.
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