BY BRICE SANDER


Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas sat down for “Oprah’s Next Chapter” -- and revealed to O that she endured years of torment and racism at her hometown gym in Virginia.

“One of my teammates was, like, ‘Can you scrape the bar?’ And they were like, ‘Why doesn’t Gabby do it? She’s our slave, so...’”
“I definitely felt isolated. I felt, why am I deserving this? Is it because I’m black? Like, those thoughts would go through my mind. ”


It was that bullying that, in part, motivated Gabby to move -- on her own -- nearly 2,000 miles to Iowa, to the gym that helped launch her to superstardom.

Hollywood Life applauds Gabby -- or Gabrielle, as she prefers to be called -- for standing strong through all the hurtful comments, including the unprecedented Olympics hair controversy.

And Popular Critic points out this bit of irony.

“It’s ironic that Gabby talks about being bullied back home in Virginia … her old coaches in Virginia Beach have been grumbling about how they should be getting more credit for her development. Apparently, the attention she got at their gym almost drove her from the sport.”

As for what’s next for Gabby, the New York Post reports she’s already thinking about the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro.



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Gabby Douglas Tells Oprah She Was Bullied at Va. Gym

by Brice Sander
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Aug 27, 2012

Gabby Douglas Tells Oprah She Was Bullied at Va. Gym

BY BRICE SANDER


Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas sat down for “Oprah’s Next Chapter” -- and revealed to O that she endured years of torment and racism at her hometown gym in Virginia.

“One of my teammates was, like, ‘Can you scrape the bar?’ And they were like, ‘Why doesn’t Gabby do it? She’s our slave, so...’”
“I definitely felt isolated. I felt, why am I deserving this? Is it because I’m black? Like, those thoughts would go through my mind. ”


It was that bullying that, in part, motivated Gabby to move -- on her own -- nearly 2,000 miles to Iowa, to the gym that helped launch her to superstardom.

Hollywood Life applauds Gabby -- or Gabrielle, as she prefers to be called -- for standing strong through all the hurtful comments, including the unprecedented Olympics hair controversy.

And Popular Critic points out this bit of irony.

“It’s ironic that Gabby talks about being bullied back home in Virginia … her old coaches in Virginia Beach have been grumbling about how they should be getting more credit for her development. Apparently, the attention she got at their gym almost drove her from the sport.”

As for what’s next for Gabby, the New York Post reports she’s already thinking about the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro.



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