Gabby Douglas criticized for not putting hand over heart during national anthem

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RIO DE JANEIRO – It was a big night for the U.S. women's gymnastics as they took home the gold medal Tuesday in the gymnastics team competition. But when the "Final Five" stood on the podium to receive their medals, viewers noticed something other than their gold medals.


People immediately took to social media to address the fact that Gabby Douglas did not put her hand over her heart during the national anthem. Some people criticized her, while others thought it was ridiculous that it was even an issue.

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Douglas responded to the criticism on Twitter in part by saying, "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!"

Douglas is a three-time Olympic gold medalist with appearances in the London and this year's Rio Olympics.