Gabby Douglas may be riding high after becoming a gold medalist at the London 2012 Olympics, but that doesn’t mean she hasn’t gone through her own personal struggles.
Douglas sat down with Oprah for a special edition of “Oprah’s Next Chapter,” airing this Sunday at 8:30pm ET on OWN. During the interview, the gymnast spoke about winning two gold medals and what it was like to become the first African- American gymnast to win the individual, as well as the first American to take home the gold in both the individual and team at the same Olympics. She is just 16 years old.
But everything hasn’t been all roses for the teenager. She opened up to Oprah about her time training at a gym in Virginia, where she encountered racism and was bullied. She was even called a “slave” by another gymnast.
I definitely felt isolated. I felt, why am I deserving this? Is it because I’m black? Like, those thoughts would go through my mind.”
Because of the problems she faced in Virginia, she eventually left to go to Iowa and work at a gym there. You can catch the full interview this Sunday at 8:30pm.