Gabby Douglas cheated out of All-Around gymnastics Finals in Rio, fans say

Ross Houston
August 13, 2016

On vault and floor, too. They rolled up a total score of 185.238 to outdistance China (175.279) by nearly 10 points, sweeping the top three spots in the individual all-around qualification. Shanon Biles is her biological mother, she says; Nellie Biles is Mom.

And Douglas still has a shot to earn an individual medal. They are the defending gold medal winners from the 2012 Olympics.

"I think that's really special", said Biles, the three-time world champion who is going to need an armored auto to get all her bling home after posting the top scores on vault, floor exercise and balance beam. Biles, 19, an Olympics newcomer, handled the spotlight easily as if it was one of her three all-around world championship titles already. So if Douglas only trains routines on three events in podium training, she'll likely be out of the running for a second Olympic all-around gold before the competition even begins.

Hernandez she had been dealing with a "small stomach problem", adding, "It's not an injury at all".

"He just carries himself very well and we all look up to him, because he's a normal human being like the rest of us but he's done so much". "The team, we just calm it down".


Despite the top-24 finishers usually qualifying, Douglas won't get to compete in the individual all-around on Thursday (8 p.m., NBC) because only two competitors are allowed from each nation. Raisman beat Douglas by.476 in the all-around and held a.600 advantage on vault.

Not that Douglas was moping.

Defending Olympic champion Gabby Douglas will get her shot at history.

"I'm not disappointed at all", she said.

"I feel sad for Laurie and Gabby because they're also the best all-arounders in the world", Raisman said.


"We've done so many routines we're kind of on autopilot right now, so it's just like go, go, go, go", warned Douglas, bidding to become the first woman since Czechoslovakia's Vera Caslavska in 1968 to win back-to-back all-around Olympic titles.

"I'd love to defend my title but I'm honored that people have gravitated to my story", she said. Boorman has been her coach for more than a decade but words of encouragement from Karolyi are especially meaningful. The 2015 junior national champion out of Old Bridge, New Jersey, finished second in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in July, behind Biles. Madison Kocian had the highest qualifying score on the uneven bars, on which she is the reigning world co-champion, and Douglas was third.

Ranging in age from 16 to 22, the gymnasts celebrated their display of dominance in a manner rarely seen on fields of play.

"I think it's cute, but that's not going to be our name", Raisman said. It's widely expected that she will not only win a gold medal, and could wind up taking home the gold in multiple events. ― but comforting to know that she'll have a chance to medal on bars.


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