As we previously mentioned, Gabby Douglas, American gymnast and Olympic gold medalist, was on Oprah's Next Chapter.
While there, she spoke to Oprah about how she at times felt isolated and even bullied by the other girls at her gym.
Well Gabby's old gym has finally responded.
They say Gabby is lying.
Of course they'd say that. Who would be like, "Oh yeah, we're all super racist here and hated her."
Randy Stageberg, a former Senior International Elite and National Team member (and also a girl), released a statement that said:
"This is absolutely ridiculous. I trained at Excalibur gymnastics for 8 years and I personally trained with gabby for 2 of those years. The accusations that are being made against the gymnasts and coaches are just sickening. I watched dena and Gustavo put so much of their time and effort into gabby and the other athletes, no matter their race. 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 bond 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.
Also, not only does she owe the gym thousands of dollars but she owes dena thousands as well. I watched dena open her home to gabby, feeding her, taking her to gym, and allowing her to stay over her house whenever gabby wanted to. You take people like dena and Gustavo, people that are selfless and put so much into helping these gymnasts reach their potential and you make them out to be evil and heartless. You should all be ashamed of yourselves. Unless you were there to witness these so called racial acts against gabby I suggest you take your comments elsewhere because you sound ignorant. Girls leave gyms all the time it is just part of being an athlete but there is absolutely no need to publicly bash people that have done nothing but support you and do the best they can to help you reach your dreams. I also trained with Morgan Evans, Marcia Newby, Britney Ranzy and Sheriese Clark all of which were on the national team and are African American. I can assure you they all have nothing but great things to say about their experience at Excalibur."
We feel like they're lying. She's already a famous Olympic athlete, what reason would she have to lie?
She already has the nation's attention.
Also, they get really defensive reallllly quickly and started attacking her over money allegedly owed.
What's weird is, Gabby was just talking about some other girls, some of the time. This person goes into a whole rant defending the coaches and everyone. It all just seems a little fishy to us.
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