Gabby Douglas Reveals Bullying, Torment With Racial Slurs on Oprah's Next Chapter

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Gabby Douglas' road to Olympic glory was far from easy.

The 16-year-old revealed to Oprah Winfrey on Sunday's Oprah's Next Chapter that she was often bullied and tormented - even at a local gym.

"One of my teammates was like, 'Can you scrape the bar?'" Douglas recalled. "And they were like, 'Why doesn't Gabby do it, she's our slave?'"

"I definitely felt isolated, I felt why am I deserving this? Is it because I'm black? Those thoughts would go through my mind," said the champ.

The teasing got so bad that, at age 14, Gabby Douglas threatened to quit the sport altogether if they couldn't move away and find a new coach.

"I felt like I was bullied and isolated from the group, and they treated me not how they would treat the other teammates," the star admitted.

Indeed, Douglas eventually did move to Des Moines, Iowa, to train at Liang Chow's gym, where fellow Olympic champ Shawn Johnson trained.

Fast forward two years and she's the first ever African-American individual all-around winner, as well as a gold medalist with her teammates.

There will always be Gabby Douglas hair haters, but there's no doubt about who came out on top - and whose future is nothing but bright.


Uugh and the white ones look like a wet dog when they sweat and smell like dinghy mops.


Her hair looks much better it doesn't look like a Brillo pad


See other gymnast probably asked her to wipe all her sweat off the gym equipment black people are known for being profuse sweaters


The teammates AND their parents show poor sportsmanship! And yes they are BRED to be racists just like pitbulls are taught to be ferocious. I honestly don't think their brains are capable of having a decent brain cell. Gabby you were more of an influence to them than they could EVER be to each other OR anyone else in this world. They are a WASTE OF LIFE!


i am sooo proud of Gabby!!! It just makes me sick to think of all the ADULTS that were talking sh*t about that little girls hair!!! Shame on all of you!!! And they wonder where the kids are learning how to bully!!! There parents are teaching them!!! Good job, Gabby... And dont let all these haters out here bring you down!!!

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