Gabby Douglas Responds to Criticism Over Olympic Medal Ceremony

It was a triumphant moment when the U.S. women’s gymnastics team won the gold during the All-Around competition in Rio last night, but unfortunately, one of the ‘Final Five’ is under fire today.

As the National Anthem played during the Olympic Medal Ceremony, Gabby Douglas didn’t place her hand over her heart like her teammates Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian, which caused a stir among critics online.

(Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

(Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

However, Douglas has decided to nip the controversy in the bud, taking to Twitter soon afterwards to apologize to anyone she may have offended and further explaining her actions.

“In response to a few tweets I saw tonight, I always stand at attention out of respect for our country whenever the national anthem is played,” she wrote. “I never meant any disrespect and apologize if I offended anyone. I’m so overwhelmed at what our team accomplished today and overjoyed that we were able to bring home another gold for our country.”


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