Everyone knows that Gabby Douglas became the first African-American to ever win women’s all-around gold during gold during this year’s London Olympics, but few know about all of the obstacles she had to overcome in order to get to that point.
In a special interview with Oprah, Douglas opened up about having to move from Virginia Beach to Iowa because of bullying, thinking about quitting the sport that would eventually make her a national icon, and how her family supported her from start to finish.
“One of my teammates was like, ‘Can you scrape the bar? And they were like, ‘Why doesn’t Gabby do it, she’s our slave?’” Douglas said in the excerpt from this interview that will undoubtedly get more attention than any other.
“I definitely felt isolated, I felt why am I deserving this? Is it because I’m black? Those thoughts would go through my mind.”
How bad did get? Pretty bad.
“I felt like I was bullied and isolated from the group, and they treated me not how they would treat the other teammates.”
In the end, Douglas hopes that her perseverance and determination will ultimately inspire others in similarly tough circumstances to not give up.
“I wanted everyone to know it’s still possible for anyone really. I wanted to make them know to never give up and always keep fighting, because though times may be tough, the sacrifices do pay off, so just keep pushing towards your dream and just love it at the same time and enjoy it.”
(Kudos Atlanta Black Star)