Simone Biles raises the stakes in Rio, why Gabby Douglas didn't make the all-around cut
August 07, 2016 at 9:25 pm
Simone Biles LIT up Rio!Olympic debut exceeded all expectations. She did not set the bar on Sunday...she is the bar! Her balance beam routine earned a standing ovation. With her glory, comes devastation.
2012 Olympic gold champion Gabby Douglas will not have a shot a defending her title.
Don't blame it on her impeccable performance, though.
GABBY’S STILL GOT IT!@gabrielledoug is near #flawless on uneven bars. https://t.co/8UlQsUiW6F https://t.co/O28eTFdDdS — NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) August 8, 2016A two per country gymnast rule is the reason behind Douglas' inability to compete in Thursday's all-around final. Biles came in first (62.366), Raisman second (60.607) and Douglas(60.131) in third by less than half of a point. No other non-U.S. gymnast broke a score over 59. Simone and Raisman will represent the U.S. in the finals. Douglas was close, but rules are rules. "I would have loved to go out there and defend my title, but right now I'm just rejoicing and so far this has just been an amazing experience," she said. "There's nothing to be ashamed about."
At the end of the day, Gabby came to slay and did just that.
I'm pretty sure gabby Douglas could take out like five supervillains in one move— Adam Servianski (@AdamSerwer) August 8, 2016
Simone is carrying the torch that was passed to her.
But seriously, don't compare the two.
Gabby Douglas paved the way for Simone Biles. Stop comparing them. Stop disrespecting these young black goddesses. #RioOlympics2016 — RM (@MsReginaM) August 8, 2016
Win or lose Gabby Douglas worked hard as hell to get there, a lot harder than it took most of you to come up with retweetable insults— Asha Kay B (@AshaKayB) August 8, 2016
When you know it's okay to be proud of both Gabby Douglas & Simone Biles because they're black girls with no bounds pic.twitter.com/ocLlYh8Jkd — The Dinner Table Doc (@dinnertabledoc) August 8, 2016