Behind every great woman -- is another great woman.
Gabby Douglas' success at last year's London Olympics catapulted her to fame, fortune and glory.
The first black woman of any nationality to win gold in the individual all-around gymnastics event, the teenager was hailed as the face of progress, an all-American star and the nation's newest celebrity.
But that is just the tip of a story which takes in divorce, financial peril, racism and a mother's fight to give her daughter the opportunity she so badly craved.
Natalie Hawkins may not be as limber and supple as her teenage daughter, but nobody can doubt her strength.
"My mom has influenced me so much," Douglas told CNN's "An Uneven Playing Field" documentary.
"She's taught me how to be a fighter and I love her so much. I don't know if this journey could be possible without her by my side supporting me."
Douglas' battle to become an Olympic champion began at the age of six when she began to copy the moves of her older sister, Arielle.
Inspired by watching Dominique Dawes, the first African American gymnast to ever qualify and compete in an Olympic Games, Douglas set her heart on emulating her heroine.
Along with her mother, Dawes provided another strong role model during a difficult childhood where Douglas' parents divorced and money was scarce.
"I loved Dominique Dawes," Douglas said of the 1996 Atlanta gold medalist. "We did a couple of events together and she's just a such a joy to be around. She inspired me to do bigger and better things.
"I find that funny now because I remember when I was younger and I looked up to my role models. But now the tables have turned and I'm the role model. But I love it.
"I love girls, parents, whoever it may be, coming up to me and saying, 'You inspire my daughter.' "
The 17-year-old is aware that life will never be the same following her performances in London -- having overcome difficult circumstances, she is now a bankable star.
One of four children at home, her gymnastics was at the heart of the family, with her mom supporting her financially at every opportunity.
Even when Hawkins suffered a negative reaction to prescription medication and was forced to leave her job at a bank in 2009, she managed to find a way to support her daughter.
While Douglas' father Timothy remained a stranger for much of her childhood, Hawkins was there when it mattered, especially once her daughter became a global superstar.
But protecting Gabby -- nicknamed "the Flying Squirrel" due to her acrobatics -- from wider attention was quite a different proposition.
In a world where social media presents an instant opportunity for people to make a judgment, Douglas found out the hard way when Twitter went berserk with criticism of her hair style.
It was an episode which infuriated Hawkins, who was left bewildered by the abuse at her daughter.
What it did do, however, was add further backing to Douglas' assertion that female gymnasts are at a far higher risk of criticism than their male counterparts every time they wander into the arena.
"Us women have to do a lot more than the men," said Douglas reflecting on the criticism. "We've got our hair and makeup to do. The men can just go out there but we have to get ready.