Gabby Douglas tweeted an apology, adding that she always stands at attention for the national anthem “out of respect for our country” and was overwhelmed by her team winning its second gold medal Tuesday.
Gabby Douglas was criticized because she didn’t put her hand over her heart while the national anthem played at the Rio Olympics Tuesday night.
As the U.S. women’s gymnastics team received their gold medals, Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian all placed their right hands over their chest — but Douglas did not.
After she was rebuked by many for the move, the 20-year-old gymnast said she meant no disrespect.
“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,” Douglas tweeted. “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!”
— Gabrielle Douglas (@gabrielledoug) August 10, 2016