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Gabby Douglas Apologizes for Not Placing Hand Over Heart at the Olympics

by Alex Ungerman 10:42 AM PDT, August 11, 2016
Playing Gabby Douglas Apologizes for Not Placing Hand Over Heart at the Olympics

Gabby Douglas has love for her country.

The U.S. Olympic gymnast apologized on Wednesday after coming under fire for not placing her hand over her heart during the National Anthem for the team's gold medal ceremony at the 2016 Rio Games.

In several photos, the 20-year-old athlete can be seen with her hands at her side, while her teammates stand at attention.

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"First I want to say thank you everyone for all your support," Douglas shared on Twitter. "It's a huge honor for me to be able to represent #TeamUSA."

"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 added. "I never meant any disrespect and apologize if I offended anyone."

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"I'm so overwhelmed at what our team accomplished today," Douglas continued, "and overjoyed that we were able to bring home another gold for our country!"

"The Final Five" U.S. women's gymnastics team -- Douglas, Aly Raisman, Simone Biles, Madison Kocian and Laurie Hernandez -- took home the gold in the team final competition on Tuesday by a commanding margin of nearly eight points (a record in the era of the open-ended scoring system), with a total score of 184.897.

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"Dreams DO come true," Biles tweeted after the team, who also took home the gold at the 2012 London Games, won its first back-to-back gold ever.

Go Team USA!

Watch the video below for more Olympic highlights, including swimming champion Michael Phelps getting choked up over his 3-month-old son getting to watch him win gold.

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