Oprah Winfrey and Gabby Douglas, who reportedly prefers to be called Gabrielle Douglas, sat outside with some iced tea to discuss how the teenage gymnast was treated when she was training in Virginia.
"The flying squirrel" said the other girls singled her out and embarrassed her.
"I felt I was being bullied and isolated from the group, and they treated me not how they would treat their other teammates," Douglas told Winfrey during the interview, which aired Sunday on OWN. "I definitely felt isolated. I felt like, why am I deserving this?
"Is it because I'm black? Like, those thoughts would go through my mind."
"One of my teammates was like, 'Could you scrape the bar?'" she recalled. "And they were like, 'Why doesn't Gabby do it, she's our slave?'"
It's not the only time Douglas has had to face criticism. The Olympian was singled out during the Olympics, even after she had won a gold medal for all-around gymnastics -- for her hair.
Some people were appalled and felt that the black American had not properly taken care of her hair.
"Where's this coming from? Are you kidding me? What's this about my hair?" she asked the New York Daily News. "I gel it up, put some clips in it and put it in a bun. People shouldn't be worried about that."
Natalie Hawkins, Douglas' mother, also took part in the Oprah Winfrey interview. She added that she was aware her daughter had been bullied when they still lived in Virginia, but that she wasn't aware of the extent of it.
"There were some things that were going on that she was sharing with me and some things that she wasn't because she knew how I would react," Hawkins told Winfrey.
But when Douglas reached a "breaking point" at the age of 14, Hawkins knew she had to do something.
"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.