I lost the link but her former gym is furious. She has PR but what she told Oprah has blown up another bridge (calling her vet dad in Afghanistand a dead beat was her first too truthful utterance). I said get her PR fast.
It isn't helping. She now prefers "Gabrielle" and could make 90 million. I keep reading that figure but from who? Phelps is worth about 40 mil they say after 4 Olympics and a squeaky clean rep. She basicly said her former gym mates called her a "slave" and told her to "wipe down the bar." They are beside themselves and basically calling her a terrible liar. I guess she thought Oprah needed to hear some racism? Why would she think this would be good to say. I can see if kids might have been teasing in VA saying stupid things if this is the truth, but why is she not talking about the family (while) in Iowa that really made her dreams come true? There is something about this kid from all the coverage that was a little off. maybe the others just had more maturity, except for Mackayla who spawned viral videos and parodies with her silver medal "look" after blowing her vault. It was funny and well honest. She isn't the first to look annoyed with silver but what a look. The Fierce 5 has a couple of divas.
I am disappointed in Abby and wonder if she will be a hot commodity. Carly Patterson was not. and she was very PC. Anyone see this interview? It likely is on Youtube by now.
The Oprah interview is on Aunt Joyce and a response from her former Gym, Excalibur, who trained her and who is still owed much money for training a kid like gabby, talented, no money. Then there is a heated exchange that covers every aspect that makes people question which is the real story and every aspect of Oprah's interview. I feel Abby is trying to please Oprah, and her PR people are trying to bring controversy. They are not helping her marketability, as one person said. It leaves one with questions and a bad taste. gabby is cocky and apparently this was an issue with her teammates after being chosen for Olympics. I saw it from interview one. Her confidence was like that of tara Lipinski, except Tara was floored to win the olympics, while gabby felt it was clearly God's destiny for her. Her two families felt that way too. She is calm, cool, collected and very self possessed. I think Oprah did her no favors, but many are not watchinh OWN. A good thing, I think. Very disappointing product, imho. Any still following the champions, what do you think after watching all this?
Last edited by skateluvr; 08-29-2012 at 11:02 PM.
Phelps doesn't have a squeaky clean rep... he messed that up when he was caught toking up.
Oh, I forgot about that, Toni. You are right. It was once, I think and he apologized everywhere. I can't help but fear the swimmers will be scrutinized for the performance enhancing drugs. I hope not. It is nice to believe he did those 4 Olympics on sheer personal power.
I thought Gabby's interview with Dominque Dawes was quite good.
Gabby did say she wanted to be the first African-American to win the AA.
Anybody that thinks she had an easy path is living on a different planet than I am.
The one interview talked about is not the Dawes one, though, what she said was to Oprah. That was not a good interview at all.
Originally Posted by janetfan
Here is something better:
Originally Posted by DianaSelene
No doubt a few of you will find fault with Gabby no matter what she does - but your voices don't seem very important.
Gabby is doing very well and Americans are extremely proud of her.
Go Gabby, worlds greatest Lady gymnast
Interesting article regarding her former gym:
Originally Posted by skateluvr
I agree with the writer of this article....
Thanks for posting the link chloepoco.
Originally Posted by chloepoco
I also agree with the writer's views.
Well, Gabby just signed a deal for two autobiographical books, the first due out for Christmas. Maybe she will give more insight into her young life in and out of the gym.
This publisher specializes in Christian-based inspirational works. As Gabby says, "All praise goes up to God. All blessings come down to me."
How do I get on her prayer list?