Entries in Gymnastics (2)


Gabby Douglas Tells 'Vanity Fair' Former Teammates Called Her ‘Slave’

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Although Gabby Douglas has been showered with praise since winning two Olympic gold medals, the 16-year-old gymnast recalled a time when she was teased and taunted by her fellow teammates, who she said called her “slave” and stole her clothes.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Douglas said a gymnast at Excalibur Gymnastics in Virginia Beach, Va.,  called her the team’s “slave” as she tried to get out of cleaning the equipment.

In another instance, Douglas told the magazine how her shirt was stolen from the Excalibur locker room, and that her teammates laughed when she realized she had no shirt to wear. “You don’t actually take by mistake someone’s clothes,” Douglas said.

But Douglas said the worst incident in her memory was an Excalibur staff member telling her she might want to get plastic surgery on her nose because of its flatness. Douglas called that comment “very hurtful.”

Representatives for Excalibur denied to Vanity Fair that the events occurred, and said Douglas never reported them to administrators. Douglas’ mom, Natalie Hawkins, said she only recently learned about her daughter’s alleged treatment at Excalibur and was “flabbergasted.”

Douglas ended up leaving Virginia to train in Iowa while living with a host family. With two medals under her belt, she’s now focusing on how to celebrate with the millions likely to pour in from endorsement deals. Although she hasn’t had time to get a driver’s license, she wants a car: “An Acura NSX,” she said, adding, “Oh yeah, and a Bentley.”

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Women’s Gymnastics Team Gets Tweeted by GaGa, Bieber

EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/GettyImages(NEW YORK) -- What’s the best way to get a music superstar to acknowledge your presence on Twitter?  Be a gold medal-winning Olympian.

After snagging the gold medal at the London Olympics Tuesday night, the U.S. women’s gymnastics team got messages of congratulations from both Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber.

It all started when team member Jordyn Wieber tweeted, “Now that we are OLYMPIC champions … Can we please meet @justinbieber??”  She included her team members’ Twitter handles in her tweet.

Next thing she knew, Bieber wrote back, “@jordyn_wieber u support me i support u. congrats… #DREAMBIG.”

She replied, “@justinbieber THANK YOU SO MUCH! #believe.”

Justin then tweeted to the entire team, "CONGRATS…on your GOLD MEDAL #BeliebersWinGOLD  #Proud.”

Later, Wieber tweeted, “That amazing moment when @justinbieber follows all of us.”

But it wasn’t just Bieber who got into the act -- Lady Gaga was watching too.  She tweeted, “Woohoo! Gold for the ladies! just want to squeeze them! So much talent and beauty. Did u seem [sic] all holding hands? There’s no 'I' in team.”

A member of the team, McKayla Maroney, tweeted Gaga back, saying, “This team loves you & your music!! I also heard you were a gymnast??”

Gaga responded, “You were brilliant give all the girls a kiss for me. And no I did gymnastics for like a weeks and then dropped out for ballet!” Maroney joked, “Your so amazing I bet you still have a shot at gymnastics! 2016 maybe.”

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