Gabby Douglas' People Exclusive

Aug 22, 2016 at 10:02 AM
Gabby Douglas' People Exclusive

From - By Steve Helling

With the exception of certain members of the U.S. Swimming team, no gold medalist in the 2016 games got quite as much backlash as Gabby Douglas.

First she wasn't clapping hard enough for her teammates. Then she wasn't bubbly enough. Then she didn't put her hand over her heart during the medal ceremony. The backlash was nonstop.

Few people seemed to remember that, despite her veteran Olympic status, Douglas is just 20 years old and living in a world where every smile – or lack thereof – can spark intense social media hate.

So after all the social media backlash, it would be unsurprising if Douglas were bitter or unhappy about her experience. But Douglas insists that she still had a "fantastic" time in Rio. "I had fun," she tells PEOPLE. "Maybe people weren't being fair on social media, but that's social media for you."

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