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Gabby Douglas Tells 'Vanity Fair' Teammates Before the Fierce Five Called Her "Slave"

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Sep. 1 2012, Published 2:00 p.m. ET

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The road to Olympic gold is never easy, but for Gabby Douglas, it was especially difficult. The 16-year-old gymnastics phenom opened up to Vanity Fair about the bullying she endured before she became one of the Fiece Five.

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Gabby began her training at Excalibur Gymnastics in her hometown of Virginia Beach, Va., and says she was the target of bullying from both her fellow teammates and a coach. Among the things Gabby endured: being called the team's "slave" and having her clothing stolen out of her locker.

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But Gabby said the most hurtful incident came courtesy of a coach, who suggested she get a nose job.

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Gabby also opened up to Oprah Winfrey about these incidents, and  Excalibur denied Gabby's story.

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