Gabrielle Douglas caused controversy after she confessed to that she was bullied during her early training at a gym in Virginia Beach, Va. She said, "I was just, you know, kind of getting racist jokes, kind of being isolated from the group. So it was definitely hard. I would come home at night and just cry my eyes out."
Randy Stageburg, a former Senior International Elite and National Team member who once trained with Gabby at Excalibur Gymnastics, called the accusation ridiculous and sickening. "I watched [head coaches] dena and Gustavo put so much of their time and effort into gabby and the other athletes, no matter their race," she posted on .