Gabby Douglas won my heart — and I’m sure others — during the Olympic Games this summer. Her ever positive attitude and clear dedication to the sport is evident with her team gold medal and All-Around gold medal. She quite admirable. Yet, she was bullied by other gymnasts.
In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, Gabby and her mother shared how she wanted to quit the sport if she couldn’t change coaches or gyms. The sentiments expressed suggest that Gabby felt bullied because she was different.
“I felt being bullied…isolated from the group and…just…they treated me…not how they would treat their other teammates.”
Racial and ethnic diversity is lacking in many US Olympic sports teams and it is quite unfortunate that it is so. I would go further to suggest that the combination of her racial differences and her exceptional talent made her an unfortunate target.