Olympic gymnastics gold medalist Gabby Douglas suffered as a young gymnast in her native Virginia Beach, Virginia, where she was taunted by fellow gymnasts. She revealed to Oprah Winfrey on Sunday’s Oprah’s Next Chapter about what happened at her gym: ‘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?”
I definitely felt isolated, I felt why am I deserving this? Is it because I’m black? Those thoughts would go through my mind.’ The teasing got so bad that, at age 14, 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.’ Gabby eventually did move to Des Moines, Iowa, in order to train at Liang Chow’s gym, where fellow Olympic champ Shawn Johnson trained.