Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas is an empowering role model, and she continues to inspire with her honesty and positive spirit in a recent interview with Oprah Winfrey. The 16-year-old made history this Summer when she became the first African-American woman to win the all-around gymnastics gold medal at the Olympics, but she tells Oprah it wasn't an easy road, as she was bullied at a gym where she trained in Virginia. Gabby said, "I was just, you know, kind of getting racist jokes, kind of being isolated from the group. So it was definitely hard. I would come home at night and just cry my eyes out." She added that her teammates even called her a "slave."
The head of the gym and her fellow gymnasts deny the accusations, with the CEO saying, "Gabby's remarks were hurtful and without merit. . . . We are good people. We never were knowingly involved in any type of bullying or racist treatment."
No one really knows for certain what took place at the gym except those who were there when the alleged remarks were made. What we do know is that speaking out about bullying and racism for a teenager — famous or not — isn't easy. And this isn't the only time Gabby has confronted detractors. She responded to hurtful comments about her hair with confidence, saying, "I just made history and people are focused on my hair? It can be bald or short, it doesn't matter." Hopefully, Gabby's ability to stand up for herself with poise will help young people in the same situation overcome bullying.
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