Updated: Wednesday, 19 Sep 2012, 7:41 AM EDT
Published : Tuesday, 18 Sep 2012, 3:57 PM EDT
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - Two-time Olympic gold medal winner and Virginia Beach native Gabby Douglas visited a Virginia Beach AT&T store Tuesday afternoon to encourage her fans not to text and drive.
Those fans lined up for hours, some in the rain, to see the golden girl.
Douglas met with fans at an AT&T Retail Store on Virginia Beach Boulevard to encourage them to take the “It Can Wait” pledge against texting and driving.
The event was free and open to the public.
10 On Your Side's Nicole Livas spoke to Douglas about her Olympic success and what this whole experience has been like. "it's just nice to know everyone comes behinds you, supports you, prayers from the beginning or just from now," said Douglas.
This is Douglas' first visit to Virginia Beach since she made some controversial comments about her former Virginia Beach gym and coaches since bringing home gold. During an interview with Oprah, Gabby spoke about experiencing bullying and racism at Excalibur Gym.
When asked if she wanted to clarify any of her statements, Gabby responded, "Well, I didn't really tell anyone because I was always that strong child so I always kept it in and I just went home and just had thick skin and just 'ok I'll take it'. But I just want to tell everyone that if you're going through it, tell a family member that you love and trust and believe that they will help you out."
The gym spokespeople told WAVY.com they were shocked and confused by her comments, but say they are proud of her accomplishments and wish her the best.
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