Gabby Douglas Explains Why She Didn’t Place Her Hand Over Her Heart During USA National Anthem

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Gabby Douglas is speaking out after coming under fire for not placing her hand over her heart during America’s national anthem at the Olympics on Tuesday – after Team USA won gold in the gymnastics team event.

In response to angry comments, questioning why she kept her hands down in front of her, the 20-year-old gymnast says she never intended any disrespect.

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First I want to say thank you everyone for all your support! 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. I never meant any disrespect and apologize if I offended anyone. I’m so overwhelmed at what our team accomplished today and overjoyed that we were able to bring home another gold for our country!

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The U.S. women clinched the gold, finishing nearly ten points ahead of second-place Russia.

Congrats to the Final Five on their win!

Photo: TMZ/Getty Images

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