Days ago, stories featuring Gabby were overwhelmingly positive, giving her praise for her gold in the individual all-around gymnastics competition.
Now stories cloud her victory with headlines, such as “Fatigued Gabby Douglas faulters in uneven bar, no medal,” by USA Today. In other stories, it has been said that Gabby “finally lost focus,” as if people were expecting her to fail.
Gabby acknowledged that she did not believe that she would win a medal in uneven bars, even giving praises to the other gymnastics competitors’ performance. She was sad, but as she said “I’m ok.”
The hard come down on Gabby because of the loss of the uneven medal was not needed. There wasn’t as much of a media come down on others for not winning medals. Gabby should not be different.
Just because Gabby did not win an uneven bar medal does not mean that her gold in all-around gymnastics has disappeared.
As for her mother filing for bankruptcy, that does not matter. She worked three jobs to be able to support her family and her hard work had paid off. Gabby has million-dollar contracts because of her success. The report on her mother’s financial situation was meant to shed a negative light on Gabby’s success.
Several current stories plastered throughout the media have made it seem like Gabby’s gold in all-around gymnastics does not matter anymore. The media ha been flooded with negative stories that not only report her medal loss, but undermined her success as a gymnast.
Brittany Reese is a freelance writer studying mass communication at Arkansas State University. Follow her on Twitter @brittayus.
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