OLYMPIC star Gabby Douglas has revealed she almost quit gymnastics two years ago because staff at her former gym told her to get a nose job.
The gymnast says she nearly quit in 2010 because she was so unhappy with her former gym where staff told her to alter her appearance because her hooter was too flat.
From the age of six until two years ago Gabby trained at the Excalibur gym near her home in Virginia Beach, Virginia but switched to a rival establishment in Iowa in 2010.
Gabby recently claimed that at Excalibur she was subjected to racist abuse and that one girl there called her a “slave”.
Revealing another incident of bullying, she said that it started when somebody else apparently stole her clothes which she left by her locker as she was in rush.
“‘You don’t actually take by mistake someone’s clothes,” she saud, adding that the others then started laughing at her.
When Gabby was told by a staff member to think about a nose job she found it “very hurtful”, not least as other gymnasts had already mocked her appearance.
She lost faith in her coach. Things came to a head in 2010 when Gabby told her mother: “I’ve got to get a coach I can believe in, and who believes in me”.
Then she delivered her ultimatum: “If I don’t change coaches, I’m quitting.”
Recent reports claimed Douglas’ family is at war over the millions of dollars she stands to earn.
According to American tabloid the National Enquirer, the resentment centers on lucrative endorsement deals that are expected to bring in $10 million over the next few years and upward of $100 million over Olympic star Gabby’s lifetime.
“Both sides of Gabby’s family are jockeying to be in good standing with the goose that laid the golden egg,” a source said.
“Meanwhile, poor Gabby is caught in the middle.
“Gabby’s dad took relatives to London to see her compete, but she didn’t have tickets to get them into the events. They had to watch a lot of her competitions on TV monitors outside.”
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