Gabby Douglas Says Excalibur Gym Staff Suggested She Get A Nose Job
Damn, it sounds like these Excalibur gym folks treated Gabby like some straight Doo-Doo:
Gabby Douglas may be America’s Olympic golden-girl now, but long before she made gymnastic history, the 16-year-old was told by a staffer at her small-town gym that she should think about getting a nose job. The comment came years before she won two Olympic golds, but this — and other comments about her appearance and heritage made before, during, and after this year’s games — show just how hard Douglas’s path to victory in London must have been.
The jab occurred at a party several years ago, Douglas recently told a Vanity Fair journalist. There, one staff member from her old gym, Excalibur Gymnastics, approached Douglas and told her to consider reconstructive surgery, a comment the young gymnast said she found “very hurtful.” Douglas’ nose was too flat, the staff member said, and surgery could supposedly make it less so.
This story was denied by Dena Walker, the Girls Team Director at Excalibur, who said the story was “a joke.” Excalibur has trained many African-American gymnasts and Douglas did not report the incident at the time, Walker said. This isn’t the first complaint Douglas has made about Excalibur. In a segment on “Oprah’s Next Chapter” that aired Sunday, Douglas said a peer at the gym once called her a “slave.”
“I was the only African-American at that gym,” Gabby said. “I definitely felt isolated. Why am I deserving this? Is it because I’m black? — those thoughts were going through my mind.”
What are your thoughts on these Excalibur folks?