Fans Slam Judges for Knocking Gabby Douglas from Finals, Others Push Back Against Hair Critics

Fans Slam Judges for Knocking Gabby Douglas from Finals, Others Push Back Against Hair Critics

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During Sunday’s Olympic qualifying, Simone Biles, Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas all earned more than 60 points. It was an impressive feat, but many could only focus on the latter’s hair.

The gymnasts ranked at numbers 1, 2 and 3 respectively, but it was Biles and Raisman who advanced to the final. Rules state that only two gymnasts from each country can compete in the all-around finals, happening Aug. 11.

NBC reports Team USA earned a combined 185.238 points – the highest team qualifying score. Biles was the standout member scoring 62.366 points. It was greater than non-U.S. competitors, who have never tallied more than 59 points. Raisman followed with 60.607 and Douglas rounded out the total with 60.131.

Though she was edged out of the finals, Douglas was pleased with her work.

“I’m not disappointed at all,” she told NBC. “I have no regrets.”

But when it came to her hair, many were displeased. The 20-year-old was the target of unkind banter about her tresses during the games in London four years ago. Yesterday the conversation once again focused on her appearance.