Gabby Douglas was the talk of the Olympic world after becoming the first gymnast to ever take home gold medals in both the individual and team competitions, but also became the talk of the blogosphere when chatter about her in-competition hairstyles began to trump her accomplishments in many observers’ minds. While many have come to her defense and pointed out the pettiness in those criticisms, the Olympic hero herself hadn’t come out and fully addressed the topic — until now.

During her sit-down with Oprah Winfrey on the OWN network’s Oprah’s Next Chapter, Douglas and her mother opened up about the criticism as well a number of other topics including the racism and other challenges Gabby often faced while chasing her dream of Olympic glory.

Check out the eye-opening interview below.