As US Women’s Gymnastic gold medalist Gabby Douglas trained hard for her Olympic victory, her father, Timothy Douglas, was being arrested for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
The elder Douglas, an Air National Guardsman, was taken into custody on March 8 on the charge. The identity of his alleged victim has not been revealed, but may be related to a family friend or even a new girlfriend, reports the Daily Mail.
Gabby revealed to reporters her father abandoned her family years ago, leaving them in a financial bind.
But the young gymnast did not seemed troubled when “Extra” sat down with her and mother, Natalie Hawkins, in London this week, talking about how her win hasn’t sunken in yet -- and what President Obama told her when he called.
Gabby smiled, “He told me congratulations and keep up the good work, and he was like, ‘just keep shining and never lose your smile.’" She added, "I dreamed of living this moment, but I don't think you can ever prepare yourself for being in this moment."
The Olympic champ also received congratulations from the cast of “The Vampire Diaries,” her favorite show.