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Where is the love for Gabby Douglass?


A funny thing happened to Gabby Douglas over the past four years. She grew up. She is no longer the pixie size darling we first met at the 2012 London Olympics. She is now a graceful young lady who proudly sports the dark purple lipstick. She is seemingly judged differently and far more harshly. She got nailed to the wall the other night for standing at with hand over heart instead of at attention, but look at the picture of the GOP presidential candidate’s stance at a GOP debate. Where was the outrage? LA Times Bill Plaschke compared her gesture to the 1968 track  runners who raised clinched fists during the playing of the National Anthem. Really? Give Gabby a break. There was no shade here. Michal Phelps was laughing during the ceremony but that’s ok. Douglass has grown up and she is learning that she must play by a new  set of rules and that is simply sad.



Gabby Douglas’ former gym denies her claims of racism

USA TODAY: Gabrielle Douglas, the Olympic gold-medal gymnast, says she was the target of racist bullying at the gym where she first trained. She revealed the claims to Oprah Winfrey on her OWN show, “Oprah’s Next Chapter.” The Virginia gym, Excalibur Gymnastics, has fired back, denying the allegations. Gabrielle — who says she prefers to be called by her full name, even though her fans call her Gabby — eventually moved to Iowa to train with Shawn Johnson’s Olympic coach. The Olympian told Winfrey in the interview that the girls at the Virginia gym called her a “slave.” Gabrielle recalled, “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?'” She added, “I definitely felt isolated, I felt ‘Why am I deserving this? Is it because I’m black?'” The 16-year-old said she finally left the gym when she was 14: “I was scared at my old gym to show my potential… I was just holding back.” Responding on the site Gymnewstics.com, Randy Stageburg, a former senior international elite gymnast who trained at Excalibur, said, “The accusations that are being made against the gymnasts and coaches are just sickening.” Stageburg added, “Gabby was never a victim. In fact, many would say she was one of the favorites. I am not saying that she never felt bullied, because when you are in a sport with a bunch of girls, it is bound to happen. However, anything that she may have felt was never about race, and I can assure you everyone at some point has felt bullied. I never once heard her complain about girls being mean — funny how it is just now coming up.” Excalibur Gymnastics CEO Gustavo Maure said in a statement to E! News that Gabrielle is lying. “Is Gabrielle a credible person just because she is an Olympic champion? She is not giving any names or dates, leading us to believe that the accusation is fake,” he said. “This wouldn’t be the first time that the media has made up a story. Thousands of gymnasts and families have supported our good conduct and our professionalism during the last 30 years.”* So was Gabby lying when she spoke to Oprah Winfrey? How would management know what was said to Douglas when they were not always with her? Should Douglas have kept this to herself? Share your thoughts.


Gabby Douglas is the talk of the town, but for all the wrong reasons

Gabby Douglas came in dead last on the uneven bars today. that is not good news, but it is far from tragic. What is tragic is the fact that her hair is still a hot topic. Why are we so hung up on hair? I remember as a child my mother used to sit us next to the stove and she would hot comb our hair so that it could be straight. We graduated from the hot comb to Vigorol, this straightening agent got the hair straight but little girls lost a lot of hair in the process. Now we routinely pay anywhere from $70-$100 for a stylist to apply the latest, greatest perm, and when we get the hair just like we want it we make Herculean efforts to keep it straight. Many of us refuse to swim, workout or anything else that will wet our hair or cause us to sweat. We are committed to keeping every lock straight and in place. So that’s why whe many saw Gabby douglass with pins in her hair they scoffed at her appearance and basically missed the historic moment. I have linked to two stories one from The Grio about our hair obssession and the other from Fox News about the other side of fame.