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When 2012 women's gymnastics all-around Olympic champion Gabby Douglas returned for the 2016 games in Rio, she faced an uphill battle. Due to the two-per-country rule, Douglas would have to beat her teammates Aly Raisman and Simone Biles if she wanted a chance to defend her title. After Douglas placed third behind Biles and Raisman in the all-around qualifications—leaving her out of the running for the finals—members of the media and social media users accused her of being a poor sport. They pointed to her stance on the medal podium (hands at her sides instead of one hand over her heart) as evidence of her lack of respect, and her intense concentration on the event finals as she watched from the stands as evidence of sour grapes. Douglas took the criticism hard, issuing an emotional apology in the wake of what many others dubbed a manufactured feeding frenzy.

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