As captain of the Final Five, Aly Raisman clearly feels a certain level of protectiveness over her teammates.
So when Gabby Douglas started to come under fire online during the 2016 Rio Olympics, Raisman and the rest of the U.S. women’s gymnastics team tried their best to help her get through it.
“We all just tried to cheer her up, and I tried to tell her you can’t be on the Internet and Google yourself,” Raisman said in an interview with E! News. “I’m sure any persona that’s ever done an interview, if you Google yourself you obviously see negative things about yourself, but we tried to tell her to stay positive and be there for her.”
During the Summer Games, Douglas was accused of being unpatriotic when she didn’t place her hand over her heart during the playing of the National Anthem. Others complained that she didn’t smile enough during the competition, dubbing her “Crabby Gabby.”
While speaking about the internet bullying earlier this month, Douglas admitted that all the hate has definitely hurt her feelings.
“I tried to stay off the internet because there’s just so much negativity,” she said. “Either it was about my hair or my hand not over my heart or I look depressed. It was hurtful. It was hurtful. It was. It’s been kind of a lot to deal with.”
“I apologized if I offended anyone,” the 20-year-old gymnast continued. “I’ve always said it was an honor to represent the U.S. You always do this for your country, and then, like people say, for yourself and other people.”