Gabby Douglas Addresses Hair Criticisms

The Olympic gymnast says, "Nothing is going to change."

Posted: 08/06/2012 12:08 PM EDT
Gabby Douglas

While Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas was busy winning gold medals for the U.S., there was a bit of an online frenzy over how the 16-year-old wore her hair. Douglas finally caught wind of the chatter when she searched on her computer on Sunday and was surprised that her hair was receiving so much unneeded attention.

"I don't know where this is coming from. What's wrong with my hair?" said Douglas, the first U.S. gymnast to win gold in team and all-around competition. "I'm like, 'I just made history and people are focused on my hair?' It can be bald or short, it doesn't matter about (my) hair."

With flips, leaps, and tumbles, Douglas used gel, clips and hair ties to keep her hair in place during her routine, but people took to Twitter to say that Douglas' hair was not suitable for television and that she needed to represent better.

"Nothing is going to change. I'm going to wear my hair like this during beam and bar finals. You might as well just stop talking about it," she said. "We're all champions and we're all winners. I just say that it's kind of, a stupid and crazy thought to think about my hair."


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