Oprah Winfrey Has Gold Medal Interview with Gabby Douglas

by | August 27, 2012 at 1:26 PM | Oprah's Next Chapter, TV News

Oprah Winfrey with Olympic gold medalist Gabrielle Douglas. (Photo: George Burns/(c) Harpo Studios. Inc 2012)


What a smile. What a performance in the London 2012 Olympics.

And what an interview gold medal winning gymnast Gabby Douglas gave to Oprah Winfrey Sunday night on the OWN series, “Oprah’s Next Chapter.”

The 16-year-old, who won two gold medals – and millions of hearts across the U.S. – on her way to becoming the first African-American gymnast to win top honors in the individual competition, opened up to Winfrey about dealing with racism and bullying in Virginia, moving to Iowa, and why she nearly quit gymnastics two years ago.

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Winfrey also interviewed Douglas’s mother Natalie, her three siblings, and her coach, Ling Chow.

“I was a happy nervous during her routine,” Douglas’s grandfather, Theodore, said in the family’s first interview. “I know that my baby…sometimes she’s 100%. Sometimes she’s 99%. But that day she was 100%.”

“One hundred ten,” Gabby chimed as the family erupted into laughter.

Watch the laugh-filled clip below.

On a more serious note, Douglas also opened up about being bullied and why she wanted to move to Iowa from Virginia, even if it meant leaving her family.

What would an interview be without a demo? Douglas coached Winfrey on the balance beam. How’d she do? Let’s say the gymnast doesn’t have to worry about Oprah bumping her off the 2016 Olympic team.

And where does a gold medal winner sleep? Watch the clip below.