Aly Raisman Shares Her Thoughts on Gabby Douglas Internet Criticism
In an interview with E! News, Aly Raisman shares some advice she gave Gabby Douglas while she was going through a difficult time.
The Final Five were a collective fan favorite at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. But while Aly Raisman, Simone Biles, Madison Kocian and Laurie Hernandez seemed to win everything with flying colors––including media coverage––team member Gabby Douglas did not receive the same special treatment.
Despite being a decorated Olympian, social media bullies were quick to pick apart Gabby's every move. From questioning her intentions for not putting her hand over heart during the national anthem, to passing unnecessary judgments about her appearance, Internet trolls harassed the talented athlete throughout her time in Rio.
Several people spoke out in her defense, including Gabby herself. "You always want to picture yourself being on top and doing those routines and being amazing," she gracefully told the Washington Post. "I pictured it differently, but that's okay because I'm just going to take this experience as a really good, positive one." (Read: Gabby Douglas Reacts To Social Media Bullying In The Most Graceful Way Possible)
One of the things that kept her afloat during this difficult time was the support from her teammates. In a recent interview with E! News, Aly Raisman opened up about some advice she gave Gabby while she was down. "We all just tried to cheer her up, and I tried to tell her you can't be on the Internet and Google yourself," she said. "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."
Thankfully, things are already on the up for Gabby, who was recently selected to be a judge for the Miss America competition. This inspirational athlete continues to prove that she can handle whatever comes her way, like a true Olympic champion.