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Gabby Douglas tells Oprah Winfrey: I was 'bullied,' called 'slave'

Two-time gold medal gymnast Gabby Douglas says in an interview with Oprah Winfrey she faced racism.
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Gabrielle Douglas of the United States competes on the balance beam in the Gymnastics Women's Individual All-Around final on Day 6 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Two-time gold medal gymnast Gabby Douglas said in an interview with Oprah Winfrey that she faced racism and bullying in the years leading up to her win at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

The 16-year-old revealed the details about how she was treated by her old teammates in Virginia Beach, Virginia in an interview with Oprah Winfrey set to air Sunday on "Oprah's Next Chapter" on the OWN network.

At one point, she said she even considered quitting gymnastics, according to Newsday.

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"The real truth is, you were going through some things at the other gym, right?" Winfrey asked, according to UPI.

"Yeah, I was going through some tough times," Douglas said. "I was just, you know, kind of getting racist jokes, kind of, being isolated from the group."

Douglas said she was called a "slave" by some of the others.

"I was the only African American at that gym," she said. "I definitely felt isolated. Why am I deserving this? Is it because I'm black?"

Douglas is the first African-American to claim the Olympics all-around title. Her nickname is the "The Flying Squirrel" because of her style on the mat.

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Amy Smith More than 1 year ago
Gabby was a victim of racism and now Oprah brings up a racist email from 15 years ago , this is pure propaganda folks. The media is playing the race card in order to guilt you in to voting for Obama. Vote for who you think will make your life better dont fall for this con job.
justme More than 1 year ago
obviously you are not black. if you were black then you will know how it will feel. Newsflash: Obama will definitely win the upcoming elections. Sorry!
whatever More than 1 year ago
What difference does it make if Amy is black???( and amy i got some words for you too!) Anyone can know what if feels like to be picked on because of something they were born with! And no one knows who will win the Election yet. Black people dont have a special ability to feel things no one else does! And Amy what does this have to do with Obama??? Your simple mind was able to gather that talking about Gabby's experience was all about getting Obama votes...really? Both you and justme are stupid and the reason why racisim still exist.
Marc More than 1 year ago
amy smith you are retarded she probably just wants more attention
Cindy More than 1 year ago
Only 16 years old and already pulling out the race card....I wonder where she learned that from.
nunusguy More than 1 year ago
I dunno, maybe she should be grateful her racist pals in Virginia didn't call her the flying-chimp ?
nunusguy More than 1 year ago
Hey, maybe she should be grateful her Virginia racist pals didn't call her the flying chimp ?
Anne Ruess More than 1 year ago
It's really annoying when you come and read a news blog and you find a lot of typos. It's unprofessional guys...please edit properly. Headline: San Francisco archbishop-elect..."drink driving" ???
Tonya Caddle More than 1 year ago
For some of you guys need to be shame on yourself, for all we know, we do not know the truth, and maybe, just maybe she was victim of a bullied. Hear her out, this girl must have gone through terrible ordeal in her lifetime, and maybe this is the time for her to open up and tell the world what they need to know, it is not because of her stardom, it is who she is as a star.