i don’t like what is happening with gabby douglas.
this poor gymast vixen has been through way too much in her young life.
she went to rio to compete in the olympics and it has been nothing but drama.
you go in her twitter mentions and it’s even more confusion.
i don’t get it.
unfortunately in the olympics,
she didn’t make it anything further like her teammates,
but she did address all of the social media criticisms she has been facing.
well this is more of the story via the washington post…
As younger U.S. teammates added to their medal haul Sunday, Gabby Douglas, the Virginia Beach native who captivated the gymnastics world in winning all-around gold at the 2012 Olympics, struggled to a disappointing and emotional finish at the Rio Games.
After finishing seventh in a field of eight in her lone individual event, the uneven bars, Douglas fought back tears when reporters’ questions about her performance turned to questions about a wide range of criticism that has been directed at her, much of it on social media: about her stance during the playing of the national anthem, her expression in the stands as Simone Biles and Aly Raisman vied for all-around honors and a perception that she has distanced herself from teammates.
Douglas said she had avoided the Internet while in Rio because of the “negativity,” which she said she didn’t understand.
“When they talk about my hair or me not putting my hand up on my heart or me being very salty in the stands, they’re really criticizing me, and it doesn’t really feel good,” Douglas said, her eyes tearing up. “It was a little bit hurtful.”
The struggles Douglas endured, both on the arena floor and in the 20-minute exchange with reporters afterward, tugged at the heart, as well.
Douglas’s post-competition interview began in a cheerful tone, even as she acknowledged that she’d come to Rio hoping to achieve more. While she contributed valuable skills to the U.S. team gold medal through her uneven-bars routine, Douglas had hoped to defend her 2012 all-around title.
But she qualified third, behind Biles and Raisman, and was barred from the all-around final by the Olympics’ two-per-country limit.
“You always want to picture yourself being on top and doing those routines and being amazing,” Douglas said. “I pictured it differently, but that’s okay because I’m just going to take this experience as a really good, positive one.”
The tenor of the interview changed when a reporter asked, “Do you think your Olympics got ruined?”
After a pause, Douglas said that it had been “an amazing, crazy — also fun experience.”
She was asked what she would have done differently this week, other than score higher. She looked puzzled, so the reporter recounted various criticism.
“Obviously I wanted to finish on a better bar routine,” Douglas said. Then she spoke of difficulties she had endured during these Games and apologized if her gestures or facial expressions had been misconstrued.
“Everything I’ve gone through has been a lot this time around,” Douglas said, “and I apologize if [I seemed] really mad in the stands. I wasn’t. I was supporting Aly. And I always will support them and respect them in everything they do. I never want anyone to take it as I was jealous or I wanted attention. Never. I support them, and I’m sorry that I wasn’t showing it.
“I’ve been through a lot,” she added. “I still love them. I still love the people who love me. Still love them who hate me. I’m just going to stand on that.”
between you and me,
i think the hate from the net,
plus her teammates caused her to break.
you can tell who was cliqued up.
every time i saw gabby,
she looked ostracized from her team.
even when she went to congratulate certain ones on their wins.
as far as the net,
i mostly saw “us” talking about her negatively.
sure the snow kind joined in,
but some of “us” had negative things to say about her (i.e her hair).
even her mother spoke out about gabby ( x being bullied ).
that article made me feel sad at work today.
i’ve been there so i could relate.
i hope she knows she is still a champion regardless of her loss in rio.
she has paid her dues and made history.
i pray gabby can continue to be strong and stay blessed.
lowkey: aly rubs me the wrong way.
something about simone does as well.
i’m sure it will all come out in the wash eventually.
article taken: the washington post