Gabby Douglas: I Was Called a Slave

The two gold medals star gymnast Gabby Douglas took home from the London Olympics almost never happened. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey for the talk-show queen’s series Oprah’s Next Chapter, Douglas revealed that the bullying she received from her teammates at her training gym in Virginia Beach, Va., was at one point so unbearable that she considered quitting the sport. She said the other girls ostracized her and told racist jokes, and at one point suggested that she should clean the equipment: “Why doesn’t Gabby do it? She’s our slave.” Douglas said she “would come home at night and just cry my eyes out.”