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


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!


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

Congrats to the Final Five on their win!

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