Gym shocked by Gabby Douglas racial claims

Members of Gabby Douglas former gym in Virginia Beach are “shocked” and “hurt” over allegations the two-time gold medal-winning gymnast made about racial bullying during her time there.

Douglas told Oprah Winfrey in a recent interview that she was subject to racial taunts and comments while training at Excalibur Gymnastics in her hometown. She told one story in which a teammate told her to perform a task because she was their slave.

“I definitely felt isolated,” Douglas told Winfrey. “I felt, Why do I deserve this? Is it because Im black? ”

People associated with Excalibur were quick to rebut the claims to multiple news outlets. They say Douglas is exaggerating.

“Really, I was shocked and very hurt,” former coach Dena Walker told NewsChannel 3.

via Gym shocked by Gabby Douglas racial claims | Lansing State Journal | lansingstatejournal.com.

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