Gabby Douglas didn’t do as well during Monday’s (Aug. 6) uneven bars competition, but she’s still has two gold medals to her name. The 16-year-old phenom hit a snag falling to last place of eight competitors. “Toward the end of the Olympics, you get physically tired and drained. And no matter how much rest you have your body is tired,” Douglas said of competing.
Russia’s Aliya Mustafina took the gold, followed by China’s He Kexin with the silver, and Britain’s Beth Tweddle, who took home the bronze. Mustafina—who landed in third place during last week’s solo performance—finished with a score of 16.133 to take first place. Douglas however fell far short of the top spot with only 14.900 points.
The Virginia Beach, Va. native also responded to criticism she’s received over her hair—of all things. “I don’t know where this is coming from. What’s wrong with my hair?” she inquired. “I’m like, ‘I just made history and people are focused on my hair?’ It can be bald or short, it doesn’t matter about [my] hair.” For all her cyber-haters who have dedicated energy that could have been allocated to something more productive, Douglas said that she will continue to rock her ponytail and hair clips. “Nothing is going to change. I’m going to wear my hair like this during beam and bar finals. You might as well just stop talking about it.”
Following reports the her mother, Natalie Hawkins, filed for bankruptcy prior to her Olympic feats, Douglas revealed that her mother’s financial strain was a direct result of her father leaving the family. “It was hard for us growing up – my dad had left us, so he wasn’t really in the picture anymore. So, my mom had to front all these bills. My dad didn’t really pay the child support. He was short [on money]. It was definitely hard on my mom, taking care of me and my siblings. But if you have more questions, feel free to contact my mom.’’
On the plus side, now that she is the golden girl of the Olympics, becoming the second Black woman to win gold in a team competition, as well as the first to land in first place solo, the teen is expected to rake in the big bucks in endorsement deals. Alongside landing the cover of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes, she will also see a raise in her fee for traveling gymnastics tours which will be sponsored by the cereal company, and are set to begin next month.
Douglas will have one more shot at Olympic gold when she competes in the balance beam finals Tuesday (Aug. 7).
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