In the wake of amazing performances by some United States gymnasts at the Rio Olympics, the escalating Gabby Douglas criticism is suddenly dominating headlines. Douglas was a star during the 2012 London games, but things have taken a turn in Brazil and the gymnast is said to be devastated by not only her performance but by how people are reacting to her online as well.

Gymnast Gabby Douglas faces intense criticism once again at the Olympics

The Gabby Douglas criticism this time around began when she did not have her hand over her heart during the national anthem after the team's gold medal win.

As the gymnast tweeted after the supposed incident, she always stands at attention during the anthem and she never meant any disrespect. As KTLA shares, Gabby's mother notes that theirs is a military family and they all typically follow this stance.

After the anthem situation, additional criticism against Douglas swirled after some perceived that she was showing a lack of support for teammates Aly Raisman and Simone Biles during their Olympic All-Around battles.

Due to the rules of the competition, Gabby was unable to compete for a medal in the All-Around, despite coming in third in the initial rounds, because only two gymnasts per country are allowed.

Gabby Douglas' mom Natalie Hawkins speaks out in support of her daughter

Gabby's mom Natalie Hawkins says that the criticism has been devastating to her daughter and Douglas herself has opened up about how hurtful the unexpected critiques have been.

As word spreads of the intense criticism lobbed toward the gymnast, the hashtag #Love4Gabby has flourished on Twitter as her supporters flock to show their love. Many will remember how the gymnast faced outlandish criticism in 2012 over her hair, and now it seems that she is being targeted by hurtful Olympic viewers once again for other perceived mistakes.

Has the Gabby Douglas criticism gone too far in recent days?

As many point out, this gymnast is one of only a few who has won three Olympic gold medals in the sport and her fans are horrified to see her on the receiving end of so much harsh talk. Those who support her hope that she can brush aside the criticism and enjoy the rest of her Olympic experience as her teammates continue to rack up medals during the remainder of the games.

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