Oh no! Gabby Douglas fell off the high beam during the Olympic trials on July 8 and it was truly hard to watch. The gymnast just couldn’t lock in her footing during a routine spinning move, so what does this mean for the gold medalist?
Gabby Douglas, 20, is usually a titan on the beam, but on July 8 during the two-day U.S. Olympic women’s gymnastics trials, she managed to fall off the balance beam, throwing off here entire routine. The video is sad to watch, especially since she is set to be a lock for the Olympic team. But now, will she be a no-go for the team?
It was her last routine of the night, and she looked ready to crush it! But, that wasn’t the case when Gabby hopped onto the balance beam. Failing to connect fully with the beam, the gold medalist went to do some sort of spin move, a move she has conquered many times before, but subsequently ended up falling.
You could see the disappointment on her face, and the crowd roared a sad sigh, but then cheered her on get back on the beam. Right after her fall, the video male commentator detailed her coaches shocking reaction. He said, “he [Christian Gallardo] just put his hands, covered his eyes, put his head back; he can’t believe it.” A female commentator chimed in after the unfortunate fall as well. She informed viewers that “out of all skills in the entire routine that was the easiest skill.” Gabby looks crushed as she walks away from the beam, and then her coach is seen consoling her as the two emotionally share a hug.
So, what is the fate of Gabby’s future now? U.S. national team coordinator Martha Karolyi and a panel of Olympic team selectors base their decision on who they chose for the final U.S. women’s team on a broad spectrum of things. But, Gabby seems to be testing their patience at this point, and her fall could put her in the line of fire. Martha expressed her disappointment.
“Karolyi left open the possibility that Douglas could rebound Sunday — reiterating, not for the first time, that she likes athletes who are crucible-tested ‘competitors’ — Karolyi also said she could feel this kind of performance coming from Douglas. She was put on notice after she finished fourth at the U.S. nationals two weeks ago that she needed to sharpen up her routines between there and trials,” ESPN reports. “I think her training was not so perfect coming up to today,” Karolyi said. “She wasn’t quite hitting all her routines. And certainly, in my opinion, you compete better if you train better. … Maybe it was the coaching situation,” Martha said.
This routine flub could have inquiring minds rethinking if it was the right decision for Gabby to switch up her coaches (as Martha mentioned) right before the big event. Gabby made the decision to have “Christian Gallardo as the only coach she allowed to have on the competition floor at these trials rather than Buckeye Gymnastics’ Kittia Carpenter, who was with Douglas two weeks ago at the national championships,” ESPN, reports. But, Gabby’s confidence is still shining through. “Don’t give up on me yet,” the site mentions she told reporters. Now, that’s the attitude we love about the gymnast!
In a news conference after the fall, Gabby faced some truthful and tough questions. She revealed her thoughts right in the moment of her crucial slip up. She revealed that her fall off the beam “made it hard to flip the switch,” noting the only thing going through her head at that second was, “This hole just got bigger for me to climb out of.” We can’t even imagine how she kept her composure.
Gabby will have a chance to make a comeback in the second half of the Olympic trials on July 10. We’re rooting for you, Gabby!
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