“I was the only African-American at that gym,” Gabby went on. “I definitely felt isolated. Why am I deserving this? Is it because I’m black? — those thoughts were going through my mind.”
Gabby appeared on Oprah’s show Sunday with her mother, Natalie Hawkins, who recalled how her daughter told her about the cruel treatment on several occasions.
When Gabby was 14, her mother said, she reached her breaking point.
“She said, ‘I’d rather quit — if I can’t move and train and get another coach, I’d rather quit the sport,'” Hawkins said.
– New York Daily News