The stormy highs and lows of life as an Olympics star hit Gabby Douglas in full force this month in Rio de Janeiro, her triumphs and tribulations alike compressed into just a few whirlwind days.

The U.S. gymnastics squad dominated the team competition last week, helping 20-year-old Douglas earn her third career gold medal. But online and in the media, her every move was dissected by hawkishly critical observers.

Was she supporting teammates enough? Why didn’t she put her hand over her heart for the national anthem? Why isn’t she acting the precise way we want her to act? The surprise controversy snowballed into a surreal online battle between Douglas’ detractors and defenders, who rallied behind her using the hashtag #LOVE4GABBYUSA . Read more…

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Olympics star Gabby Douglas is not defined by Rio’s social media drama