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Gabby Douglas may have secured millions in endorsement deals following the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, but leading up to that moment, life was hard for her family. According to The Washington Post, Douglas's mother, Natalie Hawkins, was forced to go on disability and could not even pay the family's water bill in 2009. Two years later, Hawkins was unable to accompany her daughter to Tokyo to watch her win gold at the World Championships, and she reportedly filed for bankruptcy months before the London Games in 2012 after struggling to pay for her daughter's training.

Fortunately, the effects of Douglas' Olympic glory turned things around for her family. She may have entered the Games below the poverty line, but she was one of the fortunate Olympians to emerge as a millionaire thanks to endorsements.

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