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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.

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Just call her Lord of the Olympic Rings.

Four-time swimming gold medalist Missy Franklin recently celebrated her historic efforts in London by getting a new tattoo. "All inked up! AHH! Can't believe it! My one and only!" Tweeted the 17-year-old. Missy Franklin's tattoo, obviously, is of ...

  • Missy Franklin Tattoo
  • Missy Franklin Picture

Did Franklin's parents not only approve, but accompany her to get it? JEAH!

"Hahaha yes they did!" the minor tweeted when asked, by fellow swimmer Matt McLean, if her parents had to go with. "They were very professional :)"

Missy says this was a one-shot deal, and "never something I ever thought I would do," but it has "so meaning to it and it is really something that you have to earn."

Not sure you have to earn a tattoo (it's no gold medal), but fair enough. Maybe her USA teammate can get a matching one for the next Ryan Lochte-Missy Franklin Twitter pic.

What do you think of Missy Franklin's tattoo?

 

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Michael Phelps' sexy new Louis Vuitton ads may land the swimmer in some hot water, due to IOC regulations about promoting non-Olympic sponsors.

Photos of Phelps taken by Annie Leibovitz were leaked online late last week, violating the International Olympic Committee's controversial Rule 40.

This provision bars athletes from promoting non-Olympic sponsors from July 18 through August 15. The Michael Phelps Louis Vuitton pic leaked August 13.

Michael Phelps For Louis Vuitton

Michael Phelps with Larisa Latynina, the previous record holder.

Punishments for the rule range from fines to a stripping of medals ... but is there any chance that Phelps could actually lose his record medal haul?

Highly doubtful. If it's unclear who leaked the photos, it's very tough to make a case that Phelps should be punished for the Louis Vuitton campaign.

A campaign that was supposed to begin August 16, in compliance with the rule.

Pictures not meant for public consumption get leaked all the time ... as Phelps knows all too well after the embarrassing ones of him smoking pot.

Louis Vuitton denied releasing the photographs, as did Phelps' camp. That should be enough for the Olympic legend to avoid any ramifications.

Even the hardass IOC wouldn't mess with the greatest ever, right? We'd hope so anyway. The guy has 22 medals! And Megan Rossee! Bow down.

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Even McKayla Maroney might be impressed if Aly Raisman can pull this off...

After winning the gold medal on the floor and a bronze medal on the balance beam at the London Olympics, this 18-year old gymnast read a Tweet from Joe Jonas that said she and her teammates were simply "incredible" to watch.

Asked a few days ago about the shout-out, Raisman went ahead and gave the singer a shout-out of her own, one that might as well have included her phone number:

"I'm excited to get to know him," Raisman told Us Weekly. "I would go on a date with him."

  • Aly Raisman Pic
  • Joe Jonas on the Red Carpet

Let's totally make this happen! Can you imagine the talented children Joe and Aly would have together? They'd be playing the guitar while tumbling!

Jonas, of course, previously dated Demi Lovato, so the bar is rather high for Raisman. But did you see her in London? She has few problems with bar, be they parallel or uneven.

Of the experience as a whole, Raisman says: "It's really exciting because a lot of hard work and dedication went into this. It feels nice that people know who I am... I didn't' realize how many people watched the Olympics!"

[Photos: WENN.com]

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Olympian Gabby Douglas has two gold medals - and a new hairstyle!

The 16-year-old became a national hero in London, but also endured more than her fair share of undue criticism, as Gabby Douglas' hair became a sticking point for some.

In any case, Douglas debuted a new style yesterday, and she looked terrific! Check out Gabby's hair down, and in its more familiar style, below:

  • Gabby Douglas Hairstyle
  • Gabby Douglas' Pony Tail

Douglas' longer locks were crafted by celebrity hair stylist Ted Gibson.

"A special thank you to my Gold Medal Celebrity Hair Stylist! @tedgibsonbeauty," Gabby tweeted Wednesday before debuting the new look.

Douglas, Kyla Ross, Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney and Jordyn Weiber are all making the media rounds after their dazzling Olympics efforts.

What do you think of Douglas' new 'do?

[Photos: WENN.com]

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Nike, the official outfitter for the London Olympics, is taking some heat for one of its new t-shirts, emblazoned with the phrase "Gold Digging."

Clever, harmless play on words? Not in the eyes of everyone.

Since the shirt's only available for women, many fashion bloggers and Twitter believe it's sexist, that aparently only female Olympians are gold diggers.

Nike Gold Digging

On one hand, people seriously get offended way too easily about the smallest stuff. On the flip side, Nike could've come up with a more positive phrase.

"Golden Girl," "Reach for the Gold," "Go for the Gold," "Good as Gold" ... all of those get the point across, without implying you're out for a man's money.

You gotta give women respect. Considering that the U.S. women took won twice as many gold medals as the men in London, they certainly earned ours.

Still, it's just a t-shirt we're talking about. Is it really worth making this into an issue? Tell us: What do you think of this Nike "Gold Digging" shirt?

 

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Hey, if you're not good enough to be in the Olympic Games, you can at least get a TV job as a commentator and rip the athletes to shreds!

This hilarious montage of NBC's London Olympics coverage pulls together some of the best / worst digs made by the network's announcers.

Some of the commentary isn't as harsh as it is honest, but in some situations that line does seem to be crossed. See what you think below:

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McKayla Maroney and her "Fierce Five" U.S. women's gymnastics teammates appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman Tuesday night, where the host had them show off their best "McKayla Maroney is not impressed" faces.

"It is pretty funny," said Maroney, 16, of the meme that's taken over the web. "After I did it, the girls kept pointing it out, 'You're doing that face again.'"

"Every time she does it, we're like, 'There it is!'" teammate Aly Raisman said. "We've all been working on it." The girls then showed off their best McKayla.

McKayla's priceless, apathetic reaction to winning a mere silver medal in the vault has been applied to everything from the Dwight Howard trade to the Grand Canyon.

She even spoofed it herself in a funny Instagram photo at the London Olympics, where the girls became the first U.S. team champions since 1996.

Watch another clip of their appearance on the late show below:

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Give McKayla Maroney a lot of credit.

The Olympic gymnast is showing a sense of humor about the Internet meme spoofing her hilariously smug, indifferent reaction to winning a mere silver - not gold - medal in individual vault competition last week.

Here's McKayla and friends getting in on the act:

McKayla, Aly and Kyla

Her Fierce Five teammate, Aly Raisman, tweeted a pic of Maroney, Kyla Ross and herself standing outside a swimming pool and playfully sneering.

Making the same expression that launched the McKayla Maroney is NOT impressed and its many classic images on Tumblr, the girls look far from thrilled.

Hey, if the Dwight Howard trade doesn't impress McKayla, how do you think she's gonna react when the pool's unexpectedly closed? Exactly.

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There's little gray area when it comes to Russell Brand doing anything live.

Reactions to the zany British comedian's bizarre appearance at the 2012 Olympics closing ceremony were probably either "OMG this is awesomely weird" or "Who let Russell Brand sing?!" ... with little or no middle ground.

His home country crowd seemed more in the former camp, in any case:

Singing the song "Pure Imagination," a tune made famous by Gene Wilder in Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, Brand's performance was unique enough before it became a trippy, Beatles-themed psychedelic bus tour of Olympic Stadium.

Brand's rendition of "I am the Walrus" won't win him points in the vocal department, but you gotta give the guy credit for being original ... maybe.

For better or worse, he's no Taio Cruz.

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