How can you not like Gabby Douglas? Seriously! You must be a little messed up in the head if you haven't embraced this 16-year-old gymnast and how well she's represented the good ol' U. S. of A. But her recent interview with Oprah showed just how close she was to quitting before achieving her dream.
As a two-time Olympic gold medalist with the U.S. women's gymnastics team, Gabby spoke with Oprah about the challenges she faced to get to where she is today. She confessed that one of the reasons she wanted to leave Virginia to train was because she felt that she was getting picked on.
But this is part of the reason I love sports: No matter what color you are, sports are a fantastic equalizer. As long as you're talented and work hard, you can overcome, just like Gabby did. Though she felt bullied and picked on when she was younger, she still came out a champion. There's definitely no better way to shut them up!
She said her teammates in Virginia treated her differently, and she wasn't sure why. "I felt I was being bullied and isolated from the group and they treated me not how they would treat their other teammates," she said. "I definitely felt isolated. I felt like, why am I deserving this?" She even went on to say that her Virginia teammates would use racial slurs against her. "One of my teammates was like, 'Could you scrape the bar?'" she recalled. "And they were like, 'Why doesn't Gabby do it, she's our slave?'"
How messed up is that? Gabby, rightfully so, considered quitting. And it's definitely not something she simply just imagined: We all saw for ourselves how ridiculous things got due to the controversy over her hair during the Olympic Games. Even though we've come so far, sometimes it's amazing to see how much further we have yet to go. Just goes to show that not only does her winning mean so much to our country, but to young minority girls everywhere who may be facing the same ignorance day in and day out.
Thank goodness she didn't give up, and now she has two gold medals to prove, especially to her bullies, that she was able to overcome all those hardships and is now an international superstar. Go Gabby! You're an inspiration.
Here's a clip of Gabby and her mom speaking with Oprah:
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