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Mother & Daughter Gymnasts Watch US Olympic Team Take Home Gold

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SPOKANE, Wash. – We all love watching the Olympic games – every stroke, every sport, and every score.  But for one Spokane family, the games have special meaning. 

Deborah French is herself a former gymnast, who once had Olympic aspirations thanks to her hero, Mary Lou Retton. 

"I remember begging my parents and asking them if I could stay up late to watch the gymnastics and see Mary Lou Retton compete," French told KHQ. 

So in front of her parent' black-and-white TV, while they slept, she was glued to the screen, and watched Retton take home the gold for the red, white and blue. 

Fast forward to the 2012 games in London.  Now, French's 11-year-old daughter, Ellie, is also a gymnast, and returned home from practice just in time to catch the US team compete for gold Tuesday night. 

"I saw the gymnastics were on, so I was like, ‘I'll take a shower in the morning, and I ran downstairs and watched TV," Ellie said. 

The family watched together as the gold medal was earned once again – a moment filled with fond memories. 

"It was kind of a full-circle moment sitting on the couch with her, late, watching the gymnastics and watching the USA win gold for their team," Deborah added.  "It was a little emotional sitting there watching her."

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