08-15-2016, 01:09 PM #1
USA gymnast Gabby Douglas: Twitter bullying "really hurtful"
Gabby Douglas calls Twitter bullying 'really hurtful'
By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer
Posted: 7:35 PM, August 14, 2016
Updated: 9:46 AM, August 15, 2016
RIO DE JANEIRO - RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The hope for one last trip to the Olympic medal podium gone when she stalled early in her routine during the uneven bars final on Sunday, Gabby Douglas decided to take a stand of a different kind.
Against the online criticism that's dogged the 2012 Olympic champion seemingly from the moment the gold medal was draped around her neck four years ago. Against the backlash on everything from her hair to her attitude. Against the bullying on social media that's left her staring down at her phone in disbelief too many times to count.
Douglas is over it. All of it.
Yes, her comeback didn't end quite the way she envisioned. Yet Douglas isn't second-guessing her decision even though she'll leave Rio with "only" a team gold, pushing her total to three spanning two games...
08-15-2016, 01:39 PM #2
Leslie Jones wants you to show love for Gabby Douglas
Erin Jensen, USA TODAY 10:51 a.m. EDT August 15, 2016
Leslie Jones is paying it forward.
After the Ghostbusters star was inundated with hateful, racist tweets, Jones returned from her Twittersphere break and was greeted with the hashtag #LoveForLeslieJ.
Now she's asking the Twitterverse to show the same love for Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas, who has been the target of social media criticism while in Rio...
08-15-2016, 01:42 PM #3
Gabby Douglas rides emotional Rio Olympics roller coaster after social media heat
Sam Amick, USA TODAY Sports 7:38 a.m. EDT August 15, 2016
RIO DE JANEIRO – If there was any doubt Gabby Douglas was hurting, that the Olympics had become far more painful than she’d ever imagined after her decision to return for an encore, it was all erased not long after she finished seventh in the uneven bars on Sunday.
For nearly 10 minutes after the likely final event of her career, the 20-year-old American, who had such a thrill ride four years ago in London, spoke with reporters about the emotional roller coaster here. As if failing to qualify for the individual all-around finals after winning in groundbreaking fashion in 2012 and earning just the team gold weren’t enough, she was criticized at every turn in the social media spectrum so often devoid of humanit
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