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Gabby Douglas nearly quit gymnastics to work at Chick-fil-A

Jay Busbee
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Fans of the Fierce Five might be a little dismayed to know how close Gabby Douglas was to being the best gymnast working behind the counter at a Virginia Beach Chick-fil-A.

This time last year, Douglas, one of the darlings of the London Olympics, confessed to friends and coaches that she was prepared to quit gymnastics, and possibly even start working at a Chick-fil-A.

Obviously, she didn't. "What was I thinking?" she wrote in one of the revelations in her forthcoming autobiography Grace, Gold & Glory: My Leap of Faith. The book will be published Dec. 4.

Douglas, of course, would stick with gymnastics and go on to win two gold medals in London, becoming part of the most famous women's team in American sports in decades, if not ever. She's gone on to worldwide acclaim, from the White House to Hollywood.

This isn't the first time Gabby has admitted her affinity for fast food. Shortly after the Olympics, she noted on "The Tonight Show" that she'd celebrated her gold medals with a couple of Egg McMuffins, which earned her a mini-lecture from the first lady of the United States:

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So there you go. Sure, she's got gold medals and international fame and such, but if she'd made a slightly different decision, she could have all the fast food she wanted without getting lectured by the first lady of the United States. Hmm. Tough choice.

Oh yeah, and kids, use this story as a lesson to follow your dreams. Unless your dream is to work at a Chick-fil-A. Then use this as a cautionary tale.

-Follow Jay Busbee on Twitter at @jaybusbee.-

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