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Gabby Douglas almost quit gymnastics to work at Chick-fil-A

By Sarah Burbank-Douglas,

Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas almost gave up her career as a gymnast to work at Chick-fil-A.

"What was I thinking?" she tells People magazine. She adds, "My life has changed so much."

Douglas became the first black woman to win an Olympic gold in all around gymnastics, People notes.

So why would the ultra-talented Douglas want to step away from gymnastics? According to New York Daily News, she texted her mother, saying, “Gymnastics is not my passion anymore.” Douglas stated that she was tired of not being able to have a life and wanted to be a normal teenage girl.

Shortly after making her mark on history, 16-year-old Douglas came forward and explained that her journey did not come without troubles. In August, the young athlete admitted to being bullied throughout her training. She explained to Us Weekly that her teammates would make such remarks as, “One of my teammates was like, 'Can you scrape the bar?' And they were like, 'Why doesn't Gabby do it, she's our slave?'"

Douglas has since made a cameo on Vampire Diaries, won the Olympics and wrote a memoir where she recounts her road to making history.

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