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Gold medalist credits homeschool for success

Since third grade, Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas has completed her schooling through a homeschool program. Douglas won the women's gymnastics individual all-around gold at the London Olympic Games this summer.

With her goal in mind, Douglas was able to make her dream come true and stay on top of her studies. Moving from Virginia to Des Moines, Iowa, at 14 to train with a renowned coach, Douglas had the educational freedom to devote more attention to gymnastics. Since schooling can happen at night and on the weekends in a homeschool curriculum, Douglas was able to spend extra time in the gym and travel for competitions.

“Being homeschooled gives me the freedom not to be confined to just a classroom for learning.  I’m learning everywhere, everyday,” Douglas told Simple Homeschool. “My classroom really is the world. I travel to competitions in countries all [over] the world and we use that as part of my studies.”

The 16-year-old takes her education very seriously, and said being homeschooled allowed her to improve her self-discipline and time management skills. Douglas was not the only gymnast in the Olympics who took advantage of the flexibility of homeschooling. Other gymnasts like Danell Levya, John Orozco and McKayla Maroney are or were also educated at home.