Gabby Douglas didn’t end her Olympic dream in a dreamy fashion. After making history as the first African American to ever win the all-around event, Douglas finished in last place in the women’s balance beam final. This was the low point of a very poor performance, which was full of a series of near-falls all along the way.
Douglas failed to nail a backhand spring initially and her right foot slipped. That caused her to fall on the beam and hang by her arms. She wasn’t injured, but finished with an abysmal score of 13.633.
Douglas’ teammate, Aly Raisman got the bronze after she performed without any significant errors.
Some are wondering if the criticism about Douglas’ hair played a role in her mishap. A vocal group of African Americans on Twitter attacked Douglas for going onto national television without having her hair done. Douglas told the critics that their remarks were ridiculous, and even Serena Williams came to her defense. Finally, her mother, Natalie Hawkins, also said her piece.
While no one knows what caused Douglas to buckle in her last event, it’s easy to say that millions of people are disappointed with the outcome. Most importantly, those people are also proud of Gabby for her accomplishment.